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How we fall sick and recover during Flu Season

At Jawbone, we’re proud to build products that help people lead healthier lives. With our UP line of trackers, people can track their activity, sleep, and heart health, and reduce the factors that negatively impact their overall health day to day. Of course, another important part of understanding health is understanding sickness—how and when we fall sick and recover.

To uncover the key to sickness and recovery, we looked at anonymized data from Jawbone’s fitness tracker and UP App, in particular, user comments on their own activity that included words related to flu. We computed a sickness likelihood score as the change in the fraction of flu related comments over the normal baseline and studied how this score varied with seasons and demographic factors.

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UP Stories: How Jennifer Uses Heart Rate Tracking To Manage Chronic Illness

“I was diagnosed with a congenital condition called Chiari Malformation at age 16.” says Jennifer Lake, an UP community member since 2014.

“For seven years, I was sick without any idea of why. And, it turned out that this Chiari Malformation had been the answer all along. Sometime throughout the seven years between diagnosis and treatment, I developed a secondary problem. My cranio-cervical junction had become unstable, allowing my second vertebrae to migrate upwards and backwards, compressing my brain stem. Essentially, my skull had begun to slip back and forth on my spine. The doctors sat me down and said, ‘You’re going to need brain surgery.”

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Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

As the clock strikes midnight on December 31, many around the world will embark on new resolutions, the first step to improve their lives—or so they think.

Unfortunately, most resolutions don’t work out. According to John Norcross, arguably the foremost researcher on resolutions, 81% of New Year’s resolutions fail. Even more shockingly, 29% of them fail within the first two weeks. Why?

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How to Use Yoga for Deep Sleep

This is a guest blog post from world-class yoga instructor Rodney Yee of Gaiam.

When executed properly, yoga can not just give you energy to start your day, but can help calm your body before sleep.

Are you curious how you can use yoga to improve your sleep? Here are a few tips on how to use yoga as a powerful sleep aid.

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6 Yoga Tips to Help Fight Insomnia

This is a guest blog post from world-class yoga instructor Coleen Saidman Yee of Gaiam.

Insomnia can deprive us of the joy of the day by creating anything from a fuzzy brain, to an agitated nervous system, to lousy digestion, to a compromised immune system. How do we get a good night’s sleep when our minds are on overdrive, and our muscles are bound up? One reason for insomnia can be that we haven’t used our legs enough during the day; when your legs are restless, it is difficult for your body to relax. If you can’t get off the “go” mode, sleep may be illusive—after all, for incessant worriers, what better time to worry than when you should be sleeping?

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