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Asleep at the Wheel

Bob Goldman on

Did I wake you?

Sorry.

I didn't expect you to be sleeping this time of day, but now that I've read Tim Herrera's eye-opening article in The New York Times, I realize that a good time to expect you to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed is never.

While I'm sorry to rouse you from your slumber, "Feeling Groggy? Here's How to Stop Robbing Yourself of a Good Sleep" raises issues so relevant to your sad situation at work that I can't, in good conscience, return you to zombie mode.

Plus, we're soon to face the end of daylight saving time, one more fiendish plan concocted by our corporate overlords to squeeze out the modicum of optimism you still might feel for your job and your life by making you drive home in the dark.

No matter the nefarious reasons for monkeying with your sleep, the bodily changes that come from changing the clock do bring up the importance of what author Herrera calls "good sleep hygiene."

This may shock you, but poor sleep hygiene leads to weight gain, serious illness, lack of focus and increased rates of workplace accidents.

Of course, the only workplace accident you are likely to commit is actually doing some work, but it's still worthwhile to look at your sleep hygiene, or lack thereof.

The first step in diagnosing your sleep issues is "listen to your body."

If your body has nothing to say, you are instructed to ask yourself "Are you tired?" Theoretically, your body could answer, "I'm quite rested, thank you for asking," but the response you receive from your body will probably be along the lines of, "Get off my back! All these questions are making me exhausted."

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