Is Bedtime A Good Time For Self-Improvement?

Is Bedtime A Good Time For Self-Improvement?

The Bedtime Stories We Tell Ourselves and Others: Part 4 of 4 Lots of people are hungry to get better. Some are more than hungry; they’re starving. In the United States, the personal development/ self-improvement industry was worth almost $10 billion in 2019. That number represents serious spending. It’s a competitive world out there. In…

Should You Bore Yourself To Sleep?

Should You Bore Yourself To Sleep?

The Bedtime Stories We Tell Ourselves and Others: Part 3 of 4 Hearing about conflict has a way of making an impression on you. It heightens your senses, makes you sit up and pay attention, gets you thinking about who’s right and who’s wrong. It’s just the kind of thing you want to avoid before…

The Power of the Serenity Prayer

The Power of the Serenity Prayer

It happens to every man. Sometimes you feel powerless. You feel like you’re a member of the security detail on Star Trek, the crewmembers who are always anonymously getting killed. You’re doomed to defeat. Sometimes you feel like someone who goes up against Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan in a martial arts movie. Figuratively or…

Stick With Dream Journaling

Stick With Dream Journaling

Part 4 of 7 Once you start keeping a dream journal, you’re not going to have a breakthrough every night for the rest of your life. That’s not a realistic expectation. Neither are you going to have one amusing dream after another, though there’s a certain joy in a dream that amounts to a fun…

Keep Out the Cacophony of Consumer Controversy

Keep Out the Cacophony of Consumer Controversy

It’s common to believe we should support the businesses espousing our values and avoid supporting companies that don’t. They call it “voting with your dollars.” It makes sense on the surface. Sometimes other people see things differently than you do for one reason or another. This is one way of encouraging their enlightenment. If they…

How To Stop Watching Porn At Bedtime

How To Stop Watching Porn At Bedtime

Stuck in a porn-watching cycle? You go to a porn website on your phone or laptop. You watch a few videos. You masturbate. You fall asleep. The next night you do it all over again. Does it seem hard to stop? Some people (usually men) feel like they need to masturbate to fall asleep. It…

What To Do When You’re Too Troubled To Sleep

What To Do When You’re Too Troubled To Sleep

Police officers get to see the worst of humanity. Dealing with violence, crime, neglect, narcissism, anger, and the general underbelly of humanity is their stock-in-trade. This carries over to bedtime. A study from 2011 showed 40 percent of police had at least one sleep disorder. Most commonly, the disorder was physically expressed as sleep apnea.…

Washing and Changing Bedsheets? Flip Your Mattress.

Washing and Changing Bedsheets? Flip Your Mattress.

Here’s a secret to sleeping well, saving money, and avoiding back pain. Do you change your sheets every week or so? That’s easy to remember to do. The sheets start feeling pasty and a little stiff, not soft like when they come out of the dryer. It’s natural to remember to change your sheets. When…

Social Jet Lag: A Real Drag

Social Jet Lag: A Real Drag

Get the jet-lagged, crummy feeling of an intercontinental airplane ride with none of the excitement and none of the bills-suffer from social jet lag! You can go far to the south or north, all the way to a different country, even another continent. Physically, you’ll feel fine. Your physical location won’t disrupt your circadian rhythm.…