Even with the best intentions, resolutions can be hard to accomplish if you’re constantly running on an empty tank. Unfortunately for those of us that need to be both early birds and night owls, lack of sleep has a huge impact on how we execute everyday tasks. Even just one night of missed sleep leads to consequences like:
Decreased ability to retain and recall information Difficulty learning new information Less creativity Less ability to handle stress Increased moodiness and irritability Impaired reaction time, judgment, thinking, and coordination Poorer physical appearance Increased appetite, which can lead to weight gain Poorer heart health and immune system function One way to avoid these problems is to hop into bed at an earlier hour. Gradually move your bedtime back by 15 minutes each night until you reach a time when you can easily rouse yourself in the morning. This may take a few nights of experimentation, so set an alarm to remind you when it’s time to go to bed. As usual, avoid bright light as well as the TV, cell phones, tablets, and other screens in the hours leading up to your slumber. In the morning, open the blinds or turn on the light immediately to help your body adapt to its newly vertical position in life. Finally, avoid the urge to sleep late on weekends. It tampers with your brain’s routine, and can lead to more listless morning struggles. Source: National Sleep Foundation
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A recent study gives yet another reason to saddle up our bicycles for our daily commute. Researchers concluded that there is a statistically significant correlation between method of transportation and energy levels after arriving at work. Though the study was done in bike-friendly Montreal, the data show bikers are both more punctual and more energized than their car-driving or bus-riding coworkers. Here’s to hoping this newfound knowledge leads to an increase in bike lanes across the United States!
Drivers have the lowest odds of feeling energized at work.
Bus riders (unsurprisingly) have the highest odds of arriving late at work.
Source: Transportation Research Journal
Citi Bike, a bike-sharing service, had its best year yet. The bikesharing company had nearly