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For true power, take a caffeine nap

For true power, take a caffeine nap

by Mark Miller September 15, 2017

The researchers at Longborough University found that no other common measures to combat drowsiness while driving, such as cold air, napping without caffeine, caffeine without napping or a break without a nap, worked as well as caffeine naps in helping combat drowsiness.

 

In the 1990s, the Loughborough researchers measured brain waves of subjects in driving simulators. The caffeine nap worked better than anything at eliminating mid-afternoon drowsiness and preventing driving errors than in all of the other controlled groups they studied.

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Caffeine, a good diet and a drink a day: mental clarity

Caffeine, a good diet and a drink a day: mental clarity

by Mark Miller August 24, 2017

It seems caffeine may enhance memory and learning, but not if it is taken before the lesson is to be learned. Research from a few years ago says caffeine should be taken after that important business meeting, crucial college lecture or other knowledge-imparting event you need to recall.

Some studies show a benefit from caffeine on memory, some show none. Same with alcohol. But it seems scientists find with few exceptions that good diets promote healthy minds and bodies.

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How to get through the afternoon slump with or without coffee

How to get through the afternoon slump with or without coffee

by Mark Miller January 19, 2017

The afternoon slump would be OK if you could just lie down for a little nap. But most of us have to earn a living, and management would likely frown on anyone who went home from 2 to 4 p.m. for a siesta.

If a nap is out of the question, how can a worker cope with an urge to sleep after lunch? First, let’s explore the reasons why some people become drowsy after lunch.

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How to cram an hour before an exam or test

How to cram an hour before an exam or test

by Mark Miller December 28, 2016

Preparing for exams and tests in high school and college may be essential to getting an A, entering the university of your dreams or making the grade to go on for a master’s degree. Assuming you’ve studied the subject or subjects thoroughly, what should you do just one before an exam?

If it’s a big mid-term or final, an Advanced Placement or a Graduate Record Exam or other graduate school test, most people have to study the subjects thoroughly during the semester or school year or years. Attempting to learn all the material one hour before the very end is not a good strategy for a final exam or for a placement test.

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How do business travelers deal with jet lag?

How do business travelers deal with jet lag?

by Mark Miller June 09, 2016

The Crew blog and many other articles on the Web recommend adjusting your sleeping-waking schedule gradually before you depart on your trip.

But before we get into tips on how to prevent or reduce jet lag, what exactly is it?

It’s a sleep disorder. WebMd says jet lag happens to people who fly across two or more time zones. Obviously, the farther you fly, the more you’ll be affected. Also, going from west to east causes worse jet lag than flying from east to west.

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Staying motivated at work can be a challenge

Staying motivated at work can be a challenge

by Mark Miller June 06, 2016

Staying motivated at work can be a challenge, especially if you have a job that isn’t very interesting or that is downright boring. That said, it’s not necessarily the job one has to do but attitude that drives motivation.

Being motivated makes it easier to get work done, so there is a benefit to it. The root word for motivatecomes from the verb to move, and it means to move to action or impel. It’s not certain that one can feel impelled to do mundane tasks, but simply getting the boring stuff out of the way can be a big inspiration to motivation.

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Some of the most interesting jobs in the world

Some of the most interesting jobs in the world

by Mark Miller June 02, 2016

The top job on this list is physician, which pays internists an average of $188,000 a year. And as physicians progress in their careers, they can earn more than that. This job can be stressful and can require long hours, but it is rewarding not just for the money and prestige but because doctors help people.

The next top awesome job, according to U.S. News and World Report, is dentist. Dentists earned an average of $165,000 in 2013. Again, a lot of education and training are needed, but the rewards go beyond monetary because dentists help people a lot.

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Coming back from a downfall after great success

Coming back from a downfall after great success

by Mark Miller May 30, 2016

Stories of coming back from a downfall after great success are inspiring for anyone—even for young people who haven’t made their mark on the world yet. History and mythology are filled with people who were at the height of success, crashed and came back again.

Sometimes, people need to lose everything material to realize that they didn’t need it, or that the health and safety of their families are worth more than all the success and gold in the world. Sometimes people come back even stronger and more successful than before they “fell.”

 

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How do you get motivated when depressed?

How do you get motivated when depressed?

by Mark Miller May 26, 2016

How do you get motivated when depressed? Years ago a comedian said she loved being depressed because she slept 20 hours a day and ate ice cream the other four hours. I suppose if she didn’t laugh about this crippling mental illness she would have cried.

If it’s a serious case of clinical depression, you could become so disabled you quit or lose your job, you contemplate or even attempt suicide or you could be overwhelmed by sadness or hopelessness such that you don’t want to do anything.

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For doctors and nurses, long hours at work mean more errors

For doctors and nurses, long hours at work mean more errors

by Mark Miller May 23, 2016

Even though the practice of making internist doctors work 24 to 48 hours has been discontinued in recent years, some doctors and nurses still work long shifts.—up to 16 hours. That’s bad for them, and studies have shown it can affect patient care too. Long hours mean more errors, studies show.

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How to stay awake at work without coffee or caffeine

How to stay awake at work without coffee or caffeine

by Mark Miller May 19, 2016

Careful about falling asleep at work or you could become an Internet meme like this poor fellow.

Unless you work outdoors or indoors in a job where you are physically active all day, it can be difficult for some people who have desk jobs to stay awake at work without caffeine.

Maybe the most important thing you can do to make sure you don’t nod off at work is to get a good night of sleep, at least 7 to 8 hours, at a regular time every night. Boredom can also cause you to nod off. Other than getting a good night’s sleep and having a fascinating job, there are things you can do to stay awake.

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How do Navy SEALs handle 5 days and nights of Hell Week without sleep?

How do Navy SEALs handle 5 days and nights of Hell Week without sleep?

by Mark Miller May 16, 2016

Navy SEAL Hell Week is a five-and-a-half day stretch in which candidates sleep only about four total hours, run more than 200 miles and do physical training for more than 20 hours per day.

Navy SEALs go on missions to raid, ambush and assault enemy forces or terrorist cells. These missions include a lot of sleep deprivation. So in training during Hell Week, as it’s called, Navy SEAL candidates must stay awake for five days in a row to see if they can handle it. And they do this twice.

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