Many things - such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly - are done worst when we try hardest to do them.
C.S. Lewis

The Science of 'Social Jet Lag'

The Science of 'Social Jet Lag'

May 20, 2012-- "'Six hours' sleep for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool,' Napoleon famously prescribed. (He would have scoffed at Einstein, then, who was known to require ten hours of sleep for optimal performance.) This perceived superiority of those who can get by on less sleep isn't just something Napoleon shared with dictators like Hitler and Stalin, it's an enduring attitude woven into our social norms and expectations, from proverbs about early birds to the basic scheduling structure of education and the workplace. But in 'Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You're So Tired,' German chronobiologist Till Roenneberg demonstrates through a wealth of research that our sleep patterns have little to do with laziness and other such scorned character flaws, and everything to do with biology." Maria Popova shares further. (14987 reads)

Read Full Story
What's your reaction? inspiring fascinating courageous hopeful
Take ActionTonight, sleep for the amount of time that feels right to you.

Quote Bulletin

Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement.
Christopher Fry

Search by keyword: Happiness, Wisdom, Work, Science, Technology, Meditation, Joy, Love, Success, Education, Relationships, Life
Contribute To      
Upcoming Stories      

Subscribe to DailyGood

We've sent daily emails for over 16 years, without any ads. Join a community of 245,231 by entering your email below.

  • Email:
Subscribe Unsubscribe?

Trending DailyGoods Feb 17: When Someone Threw Coffee at My Face (26,736 reads) Jan 29: Spiritual Practices for Times of Crisis (21,766 reads) Feb 25: 7 Simple Ways to Cultivate Comfort (13,969 reads) Feb 4: Ninety-Six Words for Love (14,024 reads) Feb 6: How I Became an Entrepreneur at 66 (0 reads)

More ...