6 Habits You Didn't Know Were Keeping You Alive

#3. Going To Bed Early Can Protect You From Depression And Even Suicide

If you're like most of our readership, you were depressed in your teenage years. You might be in that exact position right now, in fact. And you probably could rattle off a hundred deep, philosophical reasons why you were down all the time. People don't get you! Society is a lie! Your parents are fascists!

Actually, as it turns out, you just weren't getting enough sleep.

Danzig just needed a nap.

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center conducted a huge study, covering 15,000 adolescents (of which over 2,000 were thinking about suicide). The ones who were forced to go to bed early (10 p.m. or sooner) were 20% less likely to consider suicide (and 100 percent less likely to watch a two-hour block of Night Court reruns).

If you're thinking that this is just correlation rather than causation -- that is, that kids with parents who make them go to bed early also are probably from stable homes with nuclear families and thus a happier home life -- the researchers accounted for that. Even when you strip away all the other factors and even up the results according to what the family/home situation is like, the kids who got more sleep were less depressed. It's as simple as that.

Then why are cats still such dicks?

The study's findings are supported by the National Sleep Foundation, which has linked getting less than nine hours of sleep to aggressive behavior and suicidal tendencies among teens. Then again, what else would the National Sleep Foundation say? Probably all just a front for the big pillow monopolies.

#2. Housework Can Protect You From Breast Cancer

We completely realize this sounds like a fake study invented by some douchebags sitting around in a bar. That's not the case, as far as we can tell.

A link between physical activity and protection from all kinds of diseases has been known for years in the medical community, right alongside the mind-blowing connection between breathing and not being dead. But in a UK study destined to be quoted by every Cheeto-eating jackass misogynist in the world until the end of days, the type of activity that protected women the most from breast cancer wasn't sports or manual labor, but moderate housework.

Stress-induced ulcers are easier to deal with

The 2006 UK Cancer Research study on more than 200,000 women from nine European countries found that the women who spent 16 to 17 hours a week doing typical household chores like cooking or cleaning had a 20 percent reduced chance of developing breast cancer. And that's just with menopausal patients. The risk of breast cancer in women younger than 50 who also did a moderate amount of housework was 30 percent lower than in the women who didn't.

You're putting yourself at risk!

In fact, housework was found to be more beneficial toward the prevention of breast cancer than exercise or holding down a physical job.

See? He's not helping you clean the bathroom because he cares.

The research of course doesn't argue that housework has innate magical healing properties, nor does it suggest that you stop exercising or going to work. But combining those activities with the kind of sustained light exercise you get from daily chores is what did the trick. So keep that in mind the next time you spend 45 minutes shampooing beer out of the living room curtains.

#1. Masturbation Can Protect You From Prostate Cancer

We're going to put this in the most dignified terms we can: According to science, men who slam the ham on a regular basis have a lower chance of developing prostate cancer.

Thanks, science!

This finding was the result of a study performed in Australia in 2003 in which over 2,300 men, some with prostate cancer and some without, were asked a series of questions about their sexual activity, specifically focusing on masturbation to eliminate the influence of STDs from the mix. The results indicated that the men who tickled their Elmo more than five times a week had a 30 percent reduced risk of developing prostate cancer, with the best effects showing on the subjects in their 20s.

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So, taking into account the widespread availability of online pornography, we estimate that prostate cancer will be eliminated as a disease sometime around next week or so.

The reason behind why dickwhittling might protect against the most predominant form of male cancer is still unclear, but scientists believe it might have something to do with flushing out your system and thereby preventing harmful components from amassing inside your prostate. And there's been some doubt cast on the study, primarily the argument that some of the men involved might have lied on the questionnaire. Though we submit that if given a series of questions about your masturbatory habits by some clean-cut doctors doing a national study, not a single one of us is going to answer with a higher number.

"Actually doctor, I'm masturbating right now."

Cezary Jan Strusiewicz is a freelance online journalist and Japanese-English-Polish translator. Contact him via c.j.strusiewicz@gmail.com

Find out how else your disgustingess is keeping you alive, in 6 Slacker Behaviors That Science Says Are Good For You. Or learn about how Grandpa's cough medicine really can be medicinal, in The 6 Most Surprising Ways Alcohol Is Actually Good for You.

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