more about: sleep

The Quickest Way to Look Awake and Alert (Even if You’re Exhausted)

If you didn’t get much sleep, or are just having a rough start to the day, use this trick to look awake in your 9 am meeting. Line the inside rims of your eyes with a flesh-tone (not white) eye pencil. Try this luminzing one from Three Custom Color. The pencil helps minimize redness which is one of the things […]

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Books You Definitely Should Never Read in Bed

My family thinks I read in bed to relax; to learn something; and to make everyone stop talking to me (i.e. asking me for things). And they are right—but only partially. I mostly read in bed so I can fall asleep. No author would want me to admit that, perhaps, but there it is. Sometimes, however, this backfires: A few […]

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A Surprising Sign You Need More Sleep

At the end of a long day, are you asleep just as your head hits the pillow? If so, you’re likely sleep deprived, and not just a great sleeper. For the average person, it should take about 10 to 15 minutes after climbing under the covers to fall asleep. Aim to get approximately 8 hours each night. How long does […]

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Use WakeupDialer.com to Get Out of Bed On Time

If your alarm clock just isn’t cutting it these days, consider using the website WakeupDialer.com. Input your phone number and the time you need a wake-up call the next day, and the site will ring your phone with a message from comedian Stephen Fry. Even better, the site doesn’t store your phone number past the time of your wake-up call, […]

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An Hour Changes Everything

  For most, that extra hour of sleep on Saturday night was a welcome treat. Falling back for Daylight Savings Time is usually preferred over springing forward. In my household, though, that extra hour—60 tiny little minutes—has set off a week of disrupted sleep, wacky eating, and a general sense of being off-schedule. Even my puppy has been getting up […]

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Get Better Sleep by Keeping Your Bedroom Dark.

Sleep is extremely important to happiness, and I’ve been doing a lot to try to improve our sleep. According to one study, a bad night’s sleep was one of the top two factors that upset people’s daily moods (along with tight work deadlines). Another study suggested that getting one extra hour of sleep each night would do more for your daily happiness than getting a $60,000 raise. Nevertheless, an estimated 63% of American adults fail to get eight hours of sleep a night.

Lately, I’ve been working to make our bedroom darker. Studies show that even the tiny light from a digital alarm clock can disrupt a sleep cycle. We have about six devices in our room that glow bright green; it’s like sleeping in a mad scientist’s lab. Our cable box makes so much light that I have to cover it with a pillow before bed.

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