Nothing like a good… coffee nap?

I can’t believe I beat Aaron to a post that is even remotely related to coffee, but I found this to be somewhat interesting. Check out this article on how to Cheat on the Need to Sleep

Scientists say that a successful midday nap depends on two things: timing and (no kidding) caffeine consumption. Experiments performed at Loughborough University in the UK showed that the sleep-deprived need only a cup of coffee and 15 minutes of shut-eye to feel amazingly refreshed.

1. Right before you crash, down a cup of java. The caffeine has to travel through your gastro-intestinal tract, giving you time to nap before it kicks in.

2. Close your eyes and relax. Even if you only doze, you’ll get what’s known as effective microsleep, or momentary lapses of wakefulness.

3. Limit your nap to 15 minutes. A half hour can lead to sleep inertia, or the spinning down of the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which handles functions like judgment. This gray matter can take 30 minutes to reboot.

And that’s not all, there’s some stuff in the article that I never had really thought about before. Not saying it’s guaranteed to work, but it’s worth a shot, right?

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The Market is Up

The Dow closed at 14,087.55 today, which is a smashing start to the month of October. But will it stay above 14,000 for long? I highly doubt it. Even if you don’t follow the market you’ll probably remember the buzz the Dow generated when it touched on 14,000 briefly in July, only to drop below 13,000 during August. And now the housing market is in shambles, banks are facing huge declines in earnings, and we’re quickly approaching the 20th anniversary of the market crash of 1987.

Interestingly, on the day that investors are celebrating the surging Dow, people are remembering the 20th anniversary of the 1987 stock market crash. People, though, shouldn’t avoid the markets just because times are uncertain. MarketWatch points out that “$10,000 invested in the Dow on Friday, Oct. 16, the last trading day before the crash, and held until the present would still have more than quintupled.”

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said in an interview that there was less than a 50-50 chance that the US economy would slip into a recession, he also believes that the current credit slump may be ending.

Is the worst behind us, or is it yet to come? Thoughts, anyone?

Therepists agree, “Play with your Wii!”

While I’m sure that headline might get changed if either of my co-editors have anything to say about it, it’s still true. There’s a new report that some physical therapists in Minnesota have started using the Nintendo Wii to help stroke patients recover. I guess this makes sense since the Wii does a good job of making you use all your extremities. I’ve watched people boxing each other in Wii Sports (and if you haven’t watched a match yet, you really have to see it, it’s hilarious) before, and it ends up being a pretty good workout… in addition to making them look like a fool.

So now my question is this. Since I’ve reviewed some games here, I have been able to use the excuse that I’m “researching” games when I play them. If I buy a Wii, can I use the excuse that I’m exercising as well? Hmm… let me look into this further.

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