Be Nosferatu: How To Work Nights, Sleep Enough and Love It

Be Nosferatu: How To Work Nights, Sleep Enough and Love It

The circadian clock is built into our genes. Having a job and working nights is a violation of everything natural. Many otherwise tough people have tried to do it and failed. They found it too challenging, mentally, physically, and socially. When the night shift people are coming, the day shift people are going—Vice versa. It’s…

The Power of Nap or The Power of Walk?

The Power of Nap or The Power of Walk?

To nap or not to nap: that is the question. Some people swear by the power of naps, actually calling them “power naps.” They’re powerful, they say, because they feel recharged, refreshed, and rejuvenated after they wake up. Others, not so much. They insist that if you’re struggling through your day after a night of sleeplessness,…

Melatonin Is Not a Simple Solution To Sleeplessness

Melatonin Is Not a Simple Solution To Sleeplessness

Here’s a truism for you: people love simple solutions. If ‘x’ is a problem, take ‘y.’ There. Done. Problem fixed. (Make a wiping motion with your hands.) Hopefully. Simple solutions don’t take much work, don’t call for much change and don’t always cost much — that’s what makes them simple! Unfortunately, simple solutions often create…

Hypnos Got a Bad Rap from Hesiod and Society

Hypnos Got a Bad Rap from Hesiod and Society

Ancient Greeks had a mixed relationship with sleep. The stigma didn’t start with us. It might not have begun with them. It probably started with the first men and women, maybe Adam and Eve or whoever. Either way, Hesiod and other ancient Greek writers had a choice. They could have made the god of sleep…

Save a Life! Stop Snoring

Save a Life! Stop Snoring

When we were leaving Sunday afternoon, your wife was all smiles as you backed the car out of your driveway. She looks really happy, I thought. I didn’t think much about it at the time. I have figured out why now. She was looking forward to a full night of sleep! The poor woman hasn’t…

Up All Night For No Good Reason

Up All Night For No Good Reason

Look, everyone, now and then, has difficulty falling asleep. It’s the way life is. It’s aggravating. Consider the situation stoically: it’s your turn to have trouble tonight. There could be a lot of reasons you’re having trouble right now. Did you drink too much coffee or have one of those energy drinks too close to…