by Mark Miller March 23, 2021 5 min read
Three thousand five hundred calories in one meal. Maybe you’re so tired after all that turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce and pie because it’s a big job just lifting the fork to your mouth so many times and chewing all that food.
Or maybe, just maybe, it’s those celebratory beers, cocktails or glasses of vino. Let me count the ways a turkey day meal clobbers one with somnolence.
by Mark Miller February 11, 2021 5 min read
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.
by Mark Miller February 09, 2021 5 min read
Coffee before exams? Say you have a big mid-term or final exam coming up. You should power down big doses of caffeine in coffee or an energy drink, right? Not according to what we’ve read online. There are few formal, scientific studies about what to drink before exams, but the anecdotal evidence seems to point to water as the best beverage beforehand.
It’s important to get enough water so you don’t become fatigued from dehydration. That said, you can get some water from drinking coffee or energy drinks. Those old stories about coffee being a diuretic are true, but only if you drink so much that you get excess amounts of caffeine. Coffee and other caffeine-containing products are healthy for you when taken in moderate amounts, as we have written several times on this blog before.
by Mark Miller December 31, 2020 6 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 of conflicted.
by Mark Miller December 28, 2020 5 min read
Sleeping longer should make you feel great, right? So why does it sometimes make you feel tired? The Sleep Doctor, as Michael J. Breus, is known, answers this question in an article on Huffington Post and on his own Twitter account.
The average person spends about one-third of his life sleeping. As much as people love sleep, maybe you don’t want to spend any more than one-third of your life in it so as not to miss all the excitement.
by Mark Miller December 17, 2020 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.
by Tina Sendin August 25, 2020 4 min read
Microdosing has become so popular these days – and for all the right reasons. A trend in Silicon Valley, microdosing has a become a common practice of ingesting minimal doses of a substance – say one-tenth or one-twentieth of what’s normal.
The point is to reap all the positive effects of a substance and steer clear of the negative. Microdosing is perceived to boost cognitive functions – such as improve concentration – and increase energy levels.
The practice has been perceived to be so effective that some have repurposed and applied it to caffeine.
by Tina Sendin April 29, 2020 4 min read
Productive or lethargic, a bit crazy or going full hermit mode – that’s okay.
If you’re not getting any work done, or at least some tasks accomplished but not as much as you’d prefer – that’s okay.
The worst thing you could do to yourself is to add more stress and pressure by feeling guilty or like a failure for not crossing those to-do lists.
Be comfortable with the crazy, the mess, the unticked boxes. We are going through a massive disruption. It’s totally acceptable, especially during this time.
by Tina Sendin April 14, 2020 5 min read
Ever wondered how to get the best bang for the cup? Of coffee at least.
What if I tell you that the best way you can stay awake after drinking coffee is to get some shut-eye?
Ironic as it sounds, it's how you can recharge and make the most out of your tall cup of cappuccino, or a shot of espresso.
In fact, coffee naps are a thing. If you take caffeine before you snooze in the afternoon or whenever, when you wake up you'll feel less groggy, experts say.
The effect comes by getting the benefit of the sleep, add to that the stimulating benefits of caffeine when you wake up. Both caffeine and sleep alleviate tiredness, so the double whammy works well together.
by Tina Sendin April 02, 2020 4 min read
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. Unless (a) you’re somewhere in Europe – where this is perfectly acceptable or (b) you have the total freedom to create your own schedule every day.
But what if an afternoon nap is out of the question? How can you cope with an urge to sleep after lunch?
This article suggests ways on how you can beat the afternoon slump.
by Tina Sendin February 06, 2020 4 min read
Sleep before exams can be elusive.
Losing sleep is frustrating, tiring and can seem like the end of the world to a young scholar who wants to do the best possible on an exam.
But according to the University of Cincinnati Health, if you miss a night or two of sleep, most people can still function well. Even though it may seem disastrous if you don’t get to sleep the night before a test, all may not be lost.
by Tina Sendin December 06, 2019 4 min read
Want to hear something shocking?
Having your caffeine fix first thing in the morning will NOT perk you up.
But the good news is, you no longer need to make that sluggish early morning trip to the coffee-maker daily, nor join that long rush hour queue in your go-to café.
If you’re wondering whether we’re pulling some sick April Fool’s joke in the middle of August, there’s actually scientific evidence to all of this.