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A perfectly timed nap, set for the right amount of time, can do wonders for your brain. If you’d rather not set your alarm, or you just don’t know when you’ll actually fall asleep, try this natural method of timing your nap, attributed to Albert Einstein, Salvador Dali, Aristotle and other wise people.
Dear Lifehacker, You talk about sleep a lot on this site and how many people aren’t getting enough sleep. I went through a stage where I wasn’t sleeping well, as though I wasn’t actually getting into the deep sleep phases, so I decided to give myself a regular eight hours. I followed all the rules. Only I found that I was sleeping worse.
There are lots of tricks we can use to make our alarms less horrific, but, ideally, we shouldn’t need shrieking or even pleasant alarm clocks at all to wake up on time, bright and refreshed. Mental Floss explains why.
Dear Lifehacker, I’m moving to a night shift at work, going in at 5pm and leaving at 3am, and I don’t know how to prepare. How do I adjust? Is there a good time to sleep, get up or take meals, considering I’ll be awake when the sun is down and the rest of the world is asleep? Should I avoid caffeine or eat breakfast at 4pm? Help!
It’d be great if we could get eight hours of good sleep every day, but the pressures of work or home life can make this lofty goal difficult to achieve. Even so, there are a few tips you can employ to improve your chances of greeting the morning with an energetic smile, as opposed to a depressed moan.