Archive for September, 2006
For those of you interested in self-improvement, check out Steve Pavlina’s blog, “Personal Development for Smart People.”
Steve’s blog has some interesting and useful tips to make you more effective. We’ve linked to Steve before, a few of his posts relate to sleeping patterns and waking up on time:
- How to Become an Early Riser
- How to Become an Early Riser Part II
- How to Get Up Right Away When Your Alarm Goes Off
- Polyphasic Sleep
Family Circle magazine recently ran a story, “School Daze,” that touts the benefits of children and teenagers getting enough sleep. The article discusses common reasons kids don’t get enough sleep, how to tell if your kids are getting enough sleep and an interesting strategy that has enabled kids to get more sleep.
Is “enough MySpace for one night, get to bed” a common utterance in your household? If so, post a comment and share your suggestions for getting kids to bed on time.
Do you have a friend who has trouble waking up on time? Is someone you know always late for class? Have a colleague that frequently misses morning meetings? Now you can send them a Snoozester gift certificate. With the holiday season just around the corner, Snoozester gift certificates might just be the perfect gift for someone who has everything.
Here is someone who doesn’t need Snoozester to wake him up! Thai Ngoc hasn’t slept in over 3 decades. “Sixty-four-year-old Thai Ngoc, known as Hai Ngoc, said he could not sleep at night after getting a fever in 1973, and has counted infinite numbers of sheep during more than 11,700 consecutive sleepless nights.” What’s interesting is that he is pretty healthy and normal!
Steve Pavlina has a post about this guy too.
While we happen to be partial to waking up with Snoozester, we recognize that there still people who take comfort in having a more traditional alarm clock at their bedside. With this in mind, we present a list of not-so-traditional, traditional alarm clocks:
- Puzzle Alarm Clock – An alarm clock that shoots puzzle pieces in to the air as the alarm goes off; in order to silence the alarm, you have to reassemble the puzzle on top of the alarm clock.
- Clocky – Developed by MIT Grad Student Gauri Nanda, this alarm clock takes the old principle of “move the alarm clock to another part of the room so you have to get up to turn it off” to a whole new level. As the alarm goes off, Clocky rolls away to a new [random] location, so not only do you have to get up to turn off the alarm – you also have to find it!
- Blowfly – Taking the “you need to catch me first before you can silence me” concept one
stepdimension further, Blowfly doesn’t roll away when the alarm goes off. Nope, Blowfly, as the name implies, flies away from its base when the alarm goes off. Silencing the alarm, as you may have guessed, requires catching the Blowfly and returning it to its base.
- Nintendo Controller Alarm Clock – This alarm clock is designed to resemble an original Nintendo controller. The alarm has a Super Mario Brothers tone, but if you score high enough in the alarm clock’s built-in game, you can unlock a ‘secret’ alarm tone.
- JBL On Time – While the last thing we want is YAiD (Yet Another iPod Dock), this product from JBL is also an alarm clock. Hopefully you’ve already guessed that the alarm wakes you up with music from your iPod. No big surprises here…
- Pull-Handle Alarm – This one is still only a concept, but it is a pretty cool concept. To set the alarm, you pull the handle until you reach the desired alarm time, the handle then slowly retracts back to the base of the clock. Once the handle reaches the clock, the alarm goes off…
Also, if you ever wondered just how a traditional alarm clock works, Howstuffworks has a pretty informative article.
We’re excited to announce the latest addition to the Snoozester character line-up, Captain Snooze, Snoozester’s resident pirate. Meet Captain Snooze and all of the Snoozester characters:
They are eager to wake you up in the mornings!
Getting tired of the usual 16 hours awake / 8 hours asleep or 18 hours awake / 6 hours asleep routine? You’re not the only one. While this type of sleep, monophasic sleep (getting your sleep all at once, in a single “block”), may be the norm, it is not the only option.
Biphasic / divided / segmented sleep is the practice of dividing your sleep in to two separate blocks, usually a larger block at night and a smaller block during the day. For example, it is commonplace in some cultures for one to supplement their nighttime sleep with a mid-day nap (about, wikipedia) or siesta. Taking a nap in the middle of the day can be refreshing and prepare you for the second half of your day. Interested in giving divided sleep a try? Consider scheduling a Snoozester wake up call to help make sure you don’t “overnap.”
We recently blogged about another alternate sleeping strategy, polyphasic sleep, the practice of sleeping multiple short intervals throughout the day (with the goal of increasing the number of hours one is awake). Polyphasic sleep usually requires one to maintain a fairly set schedule of sleeping and waking up.
Have you tried any of these (or any other) alternate sleeping strategies? If so, post a comment and tell us about your experience.
“The ABSM is an independent organization developed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining standards of individual proficiency in clinical polysomnography”