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Sleeping on trains is a bad idea and can be dangerous

Sleeping on trains is a bad idea and can be dangerous

by Mark Miller May 02, 2016 4 min read

Many people fall asleep on their commute on the subway, but sleeping on trains isn’t restful and can be dangerous. In New York City, half the subway crime victims were asleep when they were victimized.

The Internet is full of warnings about falling asleep on the train and also advice about how to fall asleep (or stay awake) on a train or bus. It’s kind kind of conflicted.

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When is the best time for meetings?

When is the best time for meetings?

by Mark Miller April 28, 2016 4 min read

When I got the assignment to do this blog, When is the best time for meetings?I thought, “Um, never?”

But seriously, people have put serious thought into the best time to schedule business or work meetings. Google has 14.3 million search results for the question.

 

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How to not get tired after eating

How to not get tired after eating

by Mark Miller April 25, 2016 4 min read

If you’re getting sleepy at work in the afternoon or after your midday meal, it may be because you’re eating too many calories of carbohydrates, fats and sugars. So how do you avoid getting sleepy after meals?

Certain foods trigger the body to produce chemicals or hormones that induce drowsiness. To stay alert in the afternoon or whenever you have your meal during your shift, eat smaller amounts of food with less carbs, fat and sugars.

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How truck drivers stay awake on long overnight drives

How truck drivers stay awake on long overnight drives

by Mark Miller April 21, 2016 4 min read

We wanted to know how to stay awake on long overnight drives. Who would know better than a truck driver?

First we should say that experts on sleep say you should not be driving from midnight to 6 a.m., when you are more likely to become drowsy. Drowsiness is a major cause of automobile accidents.

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How do doctors and nurses stay awake on the night shift?

How do doctors and nurses stay awake on the night shift?

by Mark Miller April 18, 2016 4 min read

The problem of internist doctors and nurses having to work 30- to 36-hour shifts has been ending around the United States as some teaching hospitals and other institutions have initiated 16-hour shifts since 2011. Nevertheless, these people we trust our lives to work long hours overnight. How do doctors and nurses stay awake on the night shift?

The problem really received a lot of attention in 1984, when Libby Zion, an 18-year-old patient, died under the care of residents within 24 hours of being admitted to a New York City hospital. Her father, a New York Times reporter who alerted the media, sued.

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What do athletes eat and drink before a triathlon?

What do athletes eat and drink before a triathlon?

by Mark Miller April 14, 2016 4 min read

The ultimate in endurance sport is an Ironman triathlon. These athletes swim 2.4 miles, bicycle for 112 miles and then run a marathon of 26.2 miles (140.6 miles total) in one day, so they really need to be prepared. The best do it in about nine hours. We wondered: What do triathletes eat and drink before a race?

It turns out a lot. The typical Ironman athlete burns 7,000 to 10,000 calories on a race day, so they need to really consume a lot of food. They also metabolize a lot of water, so they need to take in copious amounts of fluids on race day.

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Pregnant women should limit caffeine intake

Pregnant women should limit caffeine intake

by Mark Miller April 07, 2016 4 min read

Recent news about caffeine, pregnancy and miscarriage is kind of confusing. A complex study from the National Institutes of Health and Ohio State University linked couple’s consumption of more than two caffeinated beverages a day to a risk of miscarriage. Just to be safe, women trying to conceive and pregnant women should limit caffeine intake.

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Getting enough sleep when having caffeine and alcohol

Getting enough sleep when having caffeine and alcohol

by Mark Miller March 31, 2016 4 min read

Balancing sleep, caffeine and alcohol can be like walking the high wire. The National Sleep Foundation calls caffeine and alcohol “sleep stealers.” But studies show they are beneficial in moderate amounts.

6:38 a.m. That hour comes all too early, especially if people were drinking the night before. It’s the time when the average American awakens after an average night of 7 hours and 36 minutes of sleep. And the first thing most people do in the morning is brew a pot of coffee.

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Evidence shows that coffee is healthy for you

Evidence shows that coffee is healthy for you

by Mark Miller March 24, 2016 4 min read

A 2015 study of more than 1.2 million people found that folks who drink 3 to 5 cups of black coffee a day have fewer heart problems than those who drink none. People who drink 5 or more cups don’t have any more problems than anyone else.

Two other studies, meta-analyses that collated data from 11 other research articles, found that drinking 2 to 6 cups a day results in a lower risk of stroke disease. One of those meta-studies included data from more than 500,000 participants.

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Mixing caffeine with marijuana may intensify high

Mixing caffeine with marijuana may intensify high

by Mark Miller March 14, 2016 4 min read

We have good news for lovers of America’s two favorite mood-altering substances, caffeine and marijuana: Caffeine may enhance a pot smoker’s high.

The downside is that caffeine can also increase the chance of becoming addicted to cannabis.

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What happens to the caffeine removed from coffee?

What happens to the caffeine removed from coffee?

by Mark Miller March 10, 2016 4 min read

The writer, Dan Charles, bought a 4-ounce bag of caffeine and said it had as much caffeine as 1,000 tall Starbucks lattes. He said this caffeine was created in coffee beans on a hillside in the tropics. “Slowly and quietly, driven by the energy of sunlight, it formed inside coffee beans hanging on thousands of trees, most likely in Brazil or Vietnam,” Charles wrote.

“Those beans were harvested, loaded on ships bound for the port of Houston, Texas, and ended up at a factory within sight of downtown Houston: Atlantic Coffee Solutions. It’s owned by one of the world’s largest coffee traders, ECOM Agroindustrial Corp., which is based in Switzerland.”

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Coffee and tea help you go to the bathroom

Coffee and tea help you go to the bathroom

by Mark Miller March 07, 2016 4 min read

We have good news and bad news for the 30 to 40 percent of you who promote the efficacious movement of the bowels every morning with a big cup or two of coffee. The good news is, coffee and tea help some people move their bowels. The bad news also is that joe can help you go.

How can that be bad? Because you rely on a chemical to make you regular. Some people report constipation if they don’t get their usual dose of coffee. There don’t seem to be any scientific studies on this effect that are indexed on Google, but there are several anecdotal Web pages where people state stopping coffee cold turkey causes constipation at least temporarily.

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