Posts Tagged 'sleep'

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock for iPhone Wakes Even the Grumpiest Sleepers

I’m always looking for better ways to wake up, but other than the jarring loud alarm that wakes me up every morning, I haven’t found a decent solution to my problem. This app might do the trick.

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Read more @ Technabob

Brain Scans Help Scientists Read Dreams

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A: functional subdivision of rostral PFC according to an earlier meta-analysis of functional neuroimaging studies, B: regions of activation for contrasts related to attention, Image by Oxford University Press.

A team of Japanese researchers have been working on using neuroimaging techniques to decode the dreams of people while they sleep. The researchers were led by Yukiyasu Kamitani of the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratory in Kyoto, Japan and they used functional neuroimaging to scan the brains of patients.

Read more @ SciTechDaily

Strategic Napping Allows Workers to Perform Better at Arduous Tasks

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Roughly 41 million people in the USA, nearly a third of all working adults, get six hours or fewer of sleep a night, according to a recent report from the CDC. Sleep deprivation affects everyone, and it’s an affliction that crosses economic lines. 42% of the workers in the mining industry are sleep-deprived, while about 27% in finance share the same complaint.

Read more @ SciTechDaily

Sleeping Longer On Weekends Doesn’t Erase Sleep Debt

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Unlike the popular belief that sleeping more on the weekends can help sleep deprived people catch up on sleep, a new sleep study has shown that sleeping in on the weekends will make you sleepier come Monday morning.

Read more @ SciTechDaily

Reboot Your Sleep Cycle

Lifehacker has got a great article on how to reboot your sleep cycle. I’m currently working on adjusting my sleeping period. It’s not an easy task. I work in different time zones, and sometimes it’s really hard to get ready to go to bed at a decent hour. The most problematic thing is the computer and the Internet. We don’t have a TV, but the machine is insidious. There’s always something more that needs to be done.

When Do They Sleep?

Pretty cool little web service that tells you when your favorite tweeters sleep. Apparently, I sleep from 11PM to 7AM, which is completely wrong, but hey, it’s cool! {via presurfer}

Forrest Jessee’s Sleepsuit Lets You Sleep Anywhere, Anytime

Getting that 20-30 minute power-nap in during the day isn’t always easy. Depending on how long my day is or how hard I work, I try and take naps since I rarely get enough sleep at night. Forrest Jessee’s Sleepsuit will enable you to take naps almost anywhere.

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Read more @ Technabob

DOoP Multi Sensory Alarm Knows How Long You’ve Slept

100709_rg_doop_01.jpgIt’s a known fact that most adults don’t get enough sleep. With jobs, kids, and our daily occupations, sleep seems to be the last thing on our minds. In other parts of the world, naps have always helped those that needed some respite, but sometimes, you just need a good night’s sleep.

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It’s been a long week. I’ve had a full teaching load, 27 hours of teaching, plus my usual freelance writing posts. Since I was off the week before, I haven’t yet been able to go back to a full work schedule. It has disrupted my training schedule.

I go to bed too late and get up early in the morning. I need to take a midday power nap and a longer nap after I come back from work. Then, I get up in the evening and start writing articles. I walk the dog and continue writing until 2AM at least. Sometimes I finish earlier, but I’ve made a point of taking time outs to read and relax.

After a full day, it takes me a while to wind down, which is why I’m going to bed so late. Hopefully, this will no longer be an issue next week. I’m dead tired right now and ready to sleep in and go for a bike ride.

I’m probably going to get up an hour earlier next week so that I can get a bike ride in before scooting off to work. Then, I’d like to get a run or another ride in after work. As long as I get enough sleep, it shouldn’t be a problem.

My Lifehacker Comment on Napping

As a freelance writer/teacher and now graduate student, I find my schedule pretty full. I work the whole day and come home for a lunch break. Then I leave again for the afternoon. I tend to come home anywhere between 4PM and 8PM, depending on the day. I’ll go out for bike rides 5 times a week.

Since I only start writing after midnight, I usually go to bed at around 2 or 3 AM. I wake up at 8AM. I have to be at school for about 9AM, so my routine is scheduled by the minute in the mornings. This includes taking a shower and walking the dog. This means that I need a nap to function correctly. I usually take a 20-45 minute nap during my lunch break, which is usually from 12 to 1:30PM. That’s my power nap.

I also train in cycling and ride at least 400 km a week.

[This will be true of starting this week. I'll write more about what impact my daily training has had in my life at a later date. ]

This means that if I finish my day early, let’s say around 4PM, I’ll come home and take a nap before going out to cycle. Without the nap, I wouldn’t always be able to train.

Napping is very common in Asia, though I haven’t grown up there.

[Almost everyone naps because they have very long days, even the teachers. Nap time lasts from 12:30 to 1:45PM in most places]

In the US and Canada, napping is usually seen as being lazy, though taking power naps and caffeine naps is really energizing and can be used systematically in order to function for long periods of time at full capacity, without nodding off.

Power naps are short. Anything from 20 to 45 minutes is usually enough to reinvigorate you. If you nap for more time, you’ll likely end up more tired. A good thing to remember is that a usual sleep cycle lasts about 3 hours. So either nap for 20-45 minutes or 3 hours.

This was my comment for this post on Lifehacker. This was in response to this NYT article on who naps.


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