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Guess I Really Do Need A Nap!

On the UC Berkeley News Center page there is an interesting article concerning sleep and napping during the day. Apparently studies have shown that taking a nap during the day helps to clear out the short-term memory in our brains so that we can begin to fill it again and be more productive. In their study, two groups were tested on their ability to learn, half with a nap and half without. Their subjects took a 90 minute nap around 2 p.m. and were much more capable at 6 p.m. than those without a nap.

I do believe naps would be beneficial in schools. Not just in the early grades but also in High School. I’ve been saying for years that the school day isn’t long enough. Our kids are packing more and more learning into this small amount of time. If a 60 minute nap would be helpful, why not extend the day by a few hours and let them sleep one of them away?  Even an extra hour of class, especially after a good nap, could make a real difference in the education of our children.

I think the most important thing on my mind is the length of the nap. I mean, if I convinced my employer that I’d be more productive after a 90 minute nap and he agreed to let me have one each day, I’d actually be adding 90 minutes to my work day or I’d lose 90 minutes of pay each day. How many employers are going to pay for me to take a nap? Most really don’t want to pay for a lunch hour! I do however want to run out and buy one of those blue and red kindergarten mats to fold up behind the door in my office, just in case I feel the need to do a brain dump.


18 Ways to Trick Your Body

“Tricks of the Body” is by far one of the most informative articles I’ve read in a long while. It contains 18 tips on how to easily control simple things like a toothache or a stuffed nose. It also explains why these things work by giving examples of research conclusions.

I was actually able to test one of the points as I sat at my computer. Number 14 deals with preventing near-sightedness. The author explains that you should close your eyes, tense your body and take a deep breath. Release the breath and relax your muscles at the same time. Doing this every few hours in a day spent concentrating on a computer screen can reduce near-point stress on the involuntary muscles in the eyes. When I tried it, not only did my eyes just feel better, but the slight, nagging headache I’d been experiencing all day simply disappeared.

I think my problem with this article is going to be remembering exacly what I need to do when confronted with one of these situations. There is so much information in this article that I could find myself going through the motions to quell acid reflux in an attempt to ward of brain freeze. Maybe I should print it out and put it on a string around my neck..


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