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40 Cutest Ideas For Halloween Costumes For Babies

40 Cutest Ideas For Halloween Costumes For Babies

One of the best parts of having a baby is adorable, pint-sized outfits. Never is this more true than on Halloween. Everything from TV characters to food looks utterly charming when it’s on a tiny human. From costumes that keep your baby warm, to costumes that are easy to walk around with, these 40 Halloween costumes for babies are perfect for however you plan to spend Halloween.

Carrot

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    For babies too young to walk, these cocoon costumes are an adorable, warm option. Fall vegetables always make for endearing Halloween costumes for babies.

    Butterfly

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      Another excellent cocoon costume to keep your baby warm is a butterfly. Both colorful and adorable.

      Caterpillar

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        A great counterpart to the cocoon butterfly is a cocoon Caterpillar. 

        Rocket

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          This delightful twist on typical cocoon Halloween costumes for babies is a fiery addition to any Halloween night.

          Fox

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            A cocoon fox is another toasty, cuddly Halloween costume idea.

            Ladybug

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              A ladybug is the perfect cute costume for any baby, especially when they crawl.

              Diaper Cover Costumes

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                Darling diaper cover costumes are a unique take on Halloween costumes for babies, and can be found in a variety of characters. Just make sure the weather’s going to be warm.

                Candy or Fruit

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                  Nothing is more adorable than a pint-size person in a bite sized costume.

                  Shark

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                    Another unique cocoon costume is this baby shark costume. A warm and terrifyingly sweet outfit.

                    Dragon

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                      A dragon is another effective Halloween costumes for babies, sure to make any party more fierce.

                      Mouse In A Trap In A Wagon

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                        An effective option for taking your young one trick-or-treating is incorporating a wagon into their costume. Mouse in a trap in a wagon is one way to keep your baby mobile all night.

                        Top Gun In A Wagon

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                          Another baby Halloween costume that’s an effective way to go trick-or-treating, is this Top Gun plane over top of a wagon.

                          DJ

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                            Another endearing costume that’s charmingly precocious is a baby DJ. Bling never looked better than on a baby.

                            Cop, Firefighter

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                              What’s better than dressing a baby as a tiny hero?

                              Minecraft

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                                Celebrate your love of this 8-bit phenomenon by dressing your baby as a creeper of skeleton archer.

                                Dinosaur

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                                  Another particularly cute Halloween costume for babies when your baby is crawling is this ferocious dinosaur.

                                  Turtle

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                                    One more adorable costume for crawling babies is a turtle.

                                    Rabbit

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                                      A Halloween costume that goes well in pairs is the enchanting fuzzy rabbit. This costume is also a great option for colder climates.

                                      Magician

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                                        To go along with that rabbit, a tiny magician completes these Halloween costumes for babies. All you need is a sheet of black fabric to make the cape, a tiny magic wand and a nice suit.

                                        Bear

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                                          Another way to keep your baby warm for Halloween is a fuzzy bear costume. Not only can you cover their hands and feet, you can even fit warm clothing underneath the costume.

                                          Old Man/Woman

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                                            More versatile Halloween costumes for babies are an elderly man or woman.

                                            Old Man From Up

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                                              As if a tiny elderly man or woman couldn’t get cuter, adding balloons to the back makes them a miniature version of the old man from Up.

                                              Minion

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                                                The perfect outfit for any child is one of the rambunctious minions from the Despicable Me films. Particularly cute on babies are these Despicable Me minion onesies.

                                                Cotton Candy

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                                                  A positively delightful do-it-yourself Halloween costume for babies is a cotton candy cone. If your baby is still exceptionally young, you can even make it life sized.

                                                  Clark Kent

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                                                    Forget dressing your baby up in hero suits, a Clark Kent costume is a quick and easy heart-melting costume. All you need is a baby T-shirt with the Superman emblem, then just dress your child in a nice outfit and glasses.

                                                    Lego Block

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                                                      Another Halloween costume that’s simple to put together for babies is a tiny Lego block. All you need is a cardboard box and some plastic cups, along with modest amounts of paint.

                                                      Scuba Baby

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                                                        Another adorable costume is the scuba baby. Not only can you keep your baby warm this way, their soother is completely in costume.

                                                        Risky Business

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                                                          Another good costume if you need something quick, is Tom Cruise’s outfit in Risky Business.

                                                          Dwight Schrute 

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                                                            One more costume for your baby that doesn’t need much more than a nice outfit is a miniature Dwight Schrute from The Office.

                                                            Wilson the Volleyball

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                                                              An excellent costume for the baby you’ll need to carry around trick-or-treating is Wilson the volleyball from Castaway. All you need is a white baby outfit you don’t mind sacrificing, or a white baby sling, a black marker, and some red paint.

                                                              Taco, Burger, Sandwich

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                                                                For some reason, children dressed up as food just makes us go “aww”. A taco, burger, or sandwich are all great options on Halloween.

                                                                Pot of Food

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                                                                  A twist on the costume in a basket is a pot of food. You can dress your baby as anything from spaghetti to a lobster, then just carry them around in a pot.

                                                                  Monster, Frog or Picnic in a Basket

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                                                                    Another great way to carry your baby are Halloween costumes for babies that incorporate a basket. A monster, picnic or small animal in a basket are all great options.

                                                                    Yoda

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                                                                      An excellent way to take advantage of your baby’s size on Halloween is to dress them as the all-knowing, infinitely wise, itty-bitty Yoda.

                                                                      Dobby The House Elf

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                                                                        Similarly, dressing your baby as the weathered looking Dobby from the Harry Potter series is a sure way to melt hearts.

                                                                        Baby Villains

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                                                                          Likewise, babies melt our hearts as precocious villains. Standout characters from TV, film, and comic books are all impressive Halloween costumes for babies.

                                                                          Sports Coach

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                                                                            Similarly, a sports coach is an excellent precocious costume for your baby. Just know that they are likely to chew on the microphone all night.

                                                                            Anyone Else With A Mustache

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                                                                              Another way to make everyone instantly melt on Halloween is to dress your baby as anyone else with a mustache. Nothing looks cuter than a baby with some facial hair, especially this baby formally known as Prince.

                                                                              Box of Popcorn

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                                                                                Another excellent costume for your baby is dressing them as a box of popcorn. With you as a movie theatre usher, this is one family look that is also functional.

                                                                                Football Player and Ball

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                                                                                  Finally, a captivating option for you and your baby, or your baby and a sibling, is a sports  player and the ball. Another costume sure to keep your little one comfortable, as it just requires your baby to wear cozy outfit in brown, orange or white.

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                                                                                  Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (and What to Do About It)

                                                                                  Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (and What to Do About It)

                                                                                  If you find that you’re feeling tired all the time, it’s important to understand that it’s a common problem for many. With all of the demands of daily life, being tired seems to be the new baseline. In fact, two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week.[1]

                                                                                  If you’re tired of feeling exhausted, then I’ve got some great news for you. New research is helping us gain critical insights into the underlying causes of feeling tired all the time.

                                                                                  In this article, we’ll discuss the latest reasons why you’re so tired and practical steps you can take to finally get to the bottom of your fatigue and feel rested.

                                                                                  What Happens When You’re Too Tired

                                                                                  If you sleep just two hours less than the normal eight hours, you could be as impaired as someone who has consumed up to three beers.[2] And you’ve probably experienced the impact yourself.

                                                                                  Here are some common examples of what happens when you’re feeling tired:[3]

                                                                                  • Trouble focusing because memory and learning functions may be impaired.
                                                                                  • Experience mood swings and an inability to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not.
                                                                                  • Dark circles under your eyes and/or your skin make look dull and lackluster in the short term and over time your skin may get wrinkles and show signs of aging because your body didn’t have time to remove toxins during sleep.
                                                                                  • Finding it more difficult to exercise.
                                                                                  • Immune system may weaken, causing you to pick up infections more easily.
                                                                                  • Overeating because not getting enough sleep activates the body’s endocannabinoids, even when you’re not hungry.
                                                                                  • Metabolism slows down, so what you eat is more likely to be stored as belly fat.

                                                                                  Why Are You Feeling Tired All the Time?

                                                                                  Leading experts are starting to recognize that there are three primary reasons people feel tired on a regular basis: sleep deprivation, fatigue, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

                                                                                  Here’s a quick overview of each common cause of fatigue and feeling tired all of the time:

                                                                                  1. Tiredness occurs from sleep deprivation when you don’t get high-quality sleep consistently. It typically can be solved by changing your routine and getting enough deep, restorative sleep.
                                                                                  2. Fatigue occurs from prolonged sleeplessness, which could be triggered by numerous health problems, such as mental health issues, long-term illness, fibromyalgia, obesity, sleep apnea, or stress. It typically can be improved by changing your lifestyle and using sleep aids or treatments, if recommended by your physician.
                                                                                  3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis that occurs from persistent exhaustion that doesn’t go away with sleep.

                                                                                  The exact cause of CFS is not known, but it may be due to problems with the immune system, a bacterial infection, a hormone imbalance, or emotional trauma. It typically involves working with a doctor to rule out other illnesses before diagnosing and treating CFS.[4]

                                                                                  Always consult a physician to get a personal diagnosis about why you are feeling tired, especially if it is a severe condition.

                                                                                  You can learn more about some causes of fatigue in this video:

                                                                                  Feeling Tired Vs Being Fatigued

                                                                                  If lack of quality sleep doesn’t seem to be the root cause for you, then it’s time to explore fatigue as the reason you are frequently feeling tired.

                                                                                  Until recently, tiredness and fatigue were thought to be interchangeable. Leading experts now realize that tiredness and fatigue are different.

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                                                                                  Tiredness is primarily about lack of sleep. However, fatigue is a perceived feeling of being tired that is much more likely to occur in people who have depression, anxiety, or emotional stress and/or are overweight and physically inactive[5].

                                                                                  Symptoms of fatigue include:

                                                                                  • Difficulty concentrating
                                                                                  • Low stamina
                                                                                  • Difficulty sleeping
                                                                                  • Anxiety
                                                                                  • Low motivation

                                                                                  These symptoms may sound similar to those of tiredness, but they usually last longer and are more intense.

                                                                                  Unfortunately, there is no definitive reason why fatigue occurs because it can be a symptom of an emotional or physical illness. However, there are still a number of steps you can take to reduce difficult symptoms by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

                                                                                  How Much Sleep Is Enough?

                                                                                  The number one reason you may feel tired is because of sleep deprivation, which means you are not getting enough high-quality sleep.

                                                                                  Research suggests that most adults need 7 to 9 hours of high-quality, uninterrupted sleep per night[6]. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

                                                                                  Get the right amount of sleep to stop feeling tired.

                                                                                    The key to quality sleep is being able to get long, uninterrupted sleep cycles throughout the night. It typically takes 90 minutes for you to reach a state of deep REM sleep where your body’s healing crew goes to work.

                                                                                    Ideally, you want to get at least 3 to 4 deep REM sleep cycles in per night. That’s why it’s so important to stay asleep for 7 or more hours.

                                                                                    Research also shows that people who think they can get by on less sleep don’t perform as well as people who get at least seven hours of sleep a night[7]

                                                                                    If you are not getting 7 hours of high-quality sleep regularly, then sleep deprivation is the most likely reason you feel tired all the time. That is actually good news because sleep deprivation is much simpler and easier to address than the other root causes.

                                                                                    It’s also a good idea to rule out sleep deprivation as the reason why you are tired before moving on to the other possibilities, such as fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which may require a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

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                                                                                    4 Simple Changes to Reduce Fatigue

                                                                                    Personally, I’m a big believer in upgrading your lifestyle to uplift your life. I overcame chronic stress and exhaustion by making these four changes to my lifestyle:

                                                                                    1. Eating healthy, home-cooked meals versus microwaving processed foods or eating out
                                                                                    2. Exercising regularly
                                                                                    3. Using stressbusters
                                                                                    4. Creating a bedtime routine to sleep better

                                                                                    After I made the 4 simple changes in my lifestyle, I no longer felt exhausted all of the time.

                                                                                    I was so excited that I wanted to help others replace stress and exhaustion with rest and well-being, too. That’s why I became a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

                                                                                    Interestingly enough, I discovered that Dr. Sears recommends a somewhat similar L.E.A.N. lifestyle:

                                                                                    • L is for Lifestyle and means living healthy, including getting enough sleep.
                                                                                    • E is for Exercise and means getting at least 20 minutes of physical activity a day, ideally for six days a week.
                                                                                    • A is for Attitude and means thinking positive and reducing stress whenever possible.
                                                                                    • N is for Nutrition and means emphasizing a right-fat diet, not a low-fat diet.

                                                                                    The L.E.A.N. lifestyle is a scientifically-proven way to reduce fatigue, get to the optimal weight, and to achieve overall wellness.[8]

                                                                                    Living Healthy

                                                                                    Getting enough high-quality sleep every day is the surefire way to help you feel less fatigued, more rested, and better overall.

                                                                                    In fact, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body isn’t getting the time it needs to repair itself; meaning that if you are suffering from an illness, it’s far more likely to linger. In fact, long-term sleep deprivation has been linked to an increase in Alzheimer’s later in life[9].

                                                                                    As unlikely as it sounds, though, fatigue can sometimes make it difficult to sleep. That’s why I’d recommend taking a look at your bedtime routine before you go to bed and optimize it based on sleep best practices.

                                                                                    Here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating a pro-sleep bedtime routine:

                                                                                    1. Unplug

                                                                                    Many of us try to unwind by watching TV or doing something on an iPhone or tablet. However, tech can affect your melatonin production due to the blue light that they emit, fooling your body into thinking it’s still daytime. This won’t help you stop feeling tired all the time.

                                                                                    Try to turn off all tech one hour before bed and create a tech-free zone in your bedroom.

                                                                                    2. Unwind

                                                                                    Use the time before bed to do something you find relaxing such as reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating, or taking an Epsom salt bath.

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                                                                                    3. Get Comfortable

                                                                                    Ensure your bed is comfortable and your room is set up for sleep.

                                                                                    Make sure you room is cool. 60-68 degrees is the ideal temperature for most people to sleep. Also, it’s ideal if your bedroom is dark and there is no noise.

                                                                                    Finally, make sure everything is handled (e.g., laying out tomorrow’s clothes) before you get into your nice, comfy bed. If your mind is still active, write a to-do list to help you fall asleep faster.[10]

                                                                                    This article also offers practical tips to build a bedtime routine: How to Build a Good Bedtime Routine That Makes Your Morning Easier

                                                                                    Exercise

                                                                                    Many people know that exercise is good for them, but they just can’t figure out how to fit it into their busy schedules.

                                                                                    That’s what happened in my case, but when my chronic stress and exhaustion turned into systemic inflammation (which can lead to major diseases like Alzheimer’s), I realized it was time to change my sedentary lifestyle.

                                                                                    I decided to start swimming because it was something I had always loved to do. Find an exercise you love and stick to it to stop feeling tired all the time. Ideally, get a combination of endurance training, strength training, and flexibility training during your daily 20-minute workout.

                                                                                    If you haven’t exercised in a while and have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to give yoga a try as it will increase your flexibility and lower your stress.

                                                                                    Attitude

                                                                                    Stress may be a major reason why you aren’t feeling well all of the time. At least that was the case with me.

                                                                                    When I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive, I felt chronically stressed and exhausted, but there was one thing that always worked to help me feel calmer and less fatigued: Breathing.

                                                                                    But not just any old breathing. It was a special form of deep Yogic breathing called the “Long-Exhale Breathing” or “4-7-8 breathing” (or “Pranayama” in Sanskrit).

                                                                                    Here’s how you do Long-Exhale Breathing:

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                                                                                    1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your hand on your tummy.
                                                                                    2. Breathe in deeply and slowly from your diaphragm with your mouth closed while you count to 4 (ideally until your stomach feels full of air).
                                                                                    3. Hold your breath while you mentally count to 7 and enjoy the stillness.
                                                                                    4. Breathe out through your mouth with a “ha” sound while you count to 8 (or until your stomach has no more air in it).
                                                                                    5. Pause after you finish your exhale while you notice the sense of wholeness and relaxation from completing one conscious, deep breath.
                                                                                    6. Repeat 3 times, ensuring your exhale is longer than your inhale so you relax your nervous system.

                                                                                    This type of “long-exhale breathing” is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

                                                                                    When your exhale is twice as long as your inhale, it soothes your parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates the relaxation response.[11]

                                                                                    Nutrition

                                                                                    Diet is vital for beating fatigue if you’re feeling tired all the time – after all, food is your main source of energy.

                                                                                    If your diet is poor, then it implies you’re not getting the nutrients you need to sustain healthy energy levels, which may lead to daytime sleepiness.

                                                                                    Eating a diet for fatigue doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming though. For most people, it’s just a case of swapping a few unhealthy foods for a few healthier ones, like switching from low-fiber, processed foods to whole, high-fiber foods.

                                                                                    Here’re 9 simple diet swaps you can make today:

                                                                                    1. Replace your morning coffee with Matcha green tea and drink only herbal tea within six hours of bedtime.
                                                                                    2. Add a healthy fat or protein to any carb you eat, especially if you eat before bed.
                                                                                    3. Fill up with fiber, especially green leafy vegetables.
                                                                                    4. Replace refined, processed, low-fiber pastas and grains with zucchini noodles and whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, sorghum, oats, amaranth, millet, teff, brown rice, and corn.
                                                                                    5. Swap natural sweeteners for refined sugars, and try to ensure you don’t get more than 25g of sugar a day if you are a woman and 30g of sugar a day if you are a man.
                                                                                    6. Replace ice cream with low-sugar alternatives.
                                                                                    7. Swap omega-6, partially-hydrogenated oils such as corn, palm, sunflower, safflower, cotton, canola and soybean oil for omega-3 oils such as flax, olive, and nut oils.
                                                                                    8. Replace high-sugar yoghurts with low-sugar, dairy-free yoghurts.
                                                                                    9. Swap your sugar-laden soda for sparkling water with a splash of low-sugar juice.

                                                                                    Also, ensure your diet is giving you enough of the daily essential vitamins and minerals. Most of us don’t get enough Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Calcium, Iron, and Magnesium. If you are low on any of the above vitamins and minerals, you may experience fatigue and low energy.

                                                                                    That’s why it’s always worth having your doctor check your levels. If you find any of them are low, then try to eat foods rich in them.

                                                                                    Alternatively, you might consider a high-quality multivitamin or specific supplement.

                                                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                                                    If you are tired of feeling tired all the time, then there is tremendous hope.

                                                                                    If you are tired because you are not getting enough high-quality sleep, then the best remedy is a bedtime routine based on sleep best practices. If you are tired because you have stress and fatigue, then the best remedy are four simple lifestyle changes discussed above.

                                                                                    Overall, adopting a healthier lifestyle is the ideal remedy for feeling more rested and energized.

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                                                                                    Featured photo credit: Cris Saur via unsplash.com

                                                                                    Reference

                                                                                    [1] YouGov: Two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week
                                                                                    [2] National Safety Council: Is Your Company Confronting Workplace Fatigue?
                                                                                    [3] The New York Times: Why Are We So Freaking Tired?
                                                                                    [4] Mayo Clinic: Chronic fatigue syndrome
                                                                                    [5] Very Well Health: Differences Between Sleepiness and Fatigue
                                                                                    [6] Advanced Sleep Medicine Services: NEW Guidelines: How much sleep do you need?
                                                                                    [7] Mayo Clinic: Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick?
                                                                                    [8] Ask Dr. Sears: The L.E.A.N. Lifestyle
                                                                                    [9] National Institute on Aging: Sleep loss encourages spread of toxic Alzheimer’s protein
                                                                                    [10] American Psychological Association: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
                                                                                    [11] Yoga International: Learning to Exhale: 2-to-1 Breathing

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