Thursday, March 12, 2009

This Post is for my Dad. It's Alright to Sleep Late!

I subscribe to a flurry of magazines. I love something to put me to bed at night. And so I collect a lot of useless information. But at times, there are some nuggets of wisdom that I feel compelled to share. Especially when they vindicate my behavior. I'll tear out the really interesting pages and stuff them in my laptop case. Now, a month later, I found one of my recent favorites.

This one is from Wired. It was in a margin note, entitled "Three Smart Things About Sleeping Late" (here). As a late sleeper, I couldn't wait to read it. So Dad, take notes, because this is why your son is so creative and stress-free... and sleeps so damn late.

1) "You may need more sleep than you think" - This one made me laugh. "People who slept eight hours and then claimed there were 'well rested' actually performed better and were more alert if they slept another two hours. Until the invention of the lightbulb the average person slumbered 10 hours a night".

2) "Night owls are more creative" - Take that Dad! This is awesome, "Artists, writers, and coders typically fire on all cylinders by crashing near dawn and awakening at the crack of noon." Night owls "almost universally slam-dunked a standardized test. Their early bird brethren struggled for passing scores." Shazaaaam!

3) "Rising early is stressful" - No crap! "The stress hormone cortisol peaks in your blood around 7 am. So if you get up then, you may experience tension." Sleep it up everyone!

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