Thank god it’s…oh wait…Tuesday. The Coffee Break 8 Nov 2016.
Here we are folks, election day (I know, I wish it was Friday too but we will keep MARCHING). Now I get to enjoy a quiet rest of the year – no more Facebook news feed crammed full of supporters for side A and side B and side C (Libertarians). The amount of memes and posts regarding the election were staggering, and at times I felt it was worse than the amount of tripe given out by conventional television news. While you go about your day down south voting and heading to work (or the other way around) let us talk about something other than the election – the results will speak for themselves later on this evening.
Trouble sleeping last night; go figure a non-regular sleep and wake time does quite a bit of damage to your overall ability to fall asleep. Now while I was awake in the middle of the night I did some reading up on sleep disorders and insomnia – best way to fall asleep is to read about sleep disorders, right? Anyways, so as it turns out that despite my dislike of the alarm clock the device really helps to maintain a regular wake time as that is critical to what is called: “sleep hygiene” where if you maintain a regular lights out and wake time you tend to have a healthier sleep cycle than going to sleep whenever and waking up whenever – sometimes too much of a good thing can hurt a lot.
Nap times were also touched on briefly during the read; nothing has changed there as the usual 10 – 30 minute snooze mid-day can help in reviving wakefulness – perhaps giving workers a bit of nap time mid-day can go a long way to preventing car crashes and so on. Sleep is an interesting aspect to our well being, something many of us in the civilian world tend to overlook whereas those in the military (in particular) tend to understand its benefits more as they train under sleep deprivation in an effort to make the troopers more combat-ready so to speak and to test them under stressful conditions.
Earlier I had this idea pop into my head in regards to handling the 9 – 5 routine; perhaps if the worker feels they are too tired after work to do anything, then maybe they should switch it around so that they go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier in order to do things like exercise and gaming – this way they get to squeeze the fun out of the day before heading off to work, and when they return home they can be tired all they want as they have already accomplished what they wanted to do for the day. This would mean that the worker who finishes at 5 goes home roughly around 6:30pm – 7pm depending on traffic, eats their dinner and sleeps. They will then wake around 5am (sleeping at 9pm) and exercise, shower, enjoy breakfast and game a little (or surf Youtube) before hitting the road at 7:30am to reach work by 9am (if they have a fair way to commute and depending on route and traffic conditions – user adjusts accordingly). This is roughly 2 and a half hours of personal time which isn’t much when you look at 5pm – 9pm, but think about it this way; those 4 hours are chopped down to two because of the traffic you deal with in your commute, and then you get home and have to make dinner (quick recipes are available) or order food (which still takes time as the cook being paid has to cook it) which brings you to about 7:30pm when you get to chow down on the meal.
Alright then let’s say that you eat fast and finish by 8pm, that leaves 1 hour until sleep at 9pm because there is nothing worse than a lack of sleep when you are behind the wheel (remember that you are responsible for your actions – you T-bone another vehicle due to a lack of sleep, you just T-boned a vehicle all because you decided sleep was not important). Alright let us say you sleep at 10pm and wake up at 6am, during that extra hour at night you are in a state of sleepiness to the point where gaming or exercise is impossible because you are fighting mental fatigue. Adding these factors together, would it not be beneficial to then conduct your activities in the morning when you are well-rested and ready to go? Twitch shooters require quick reflexes, and from personal experience when I am tired I tend to die more often in-game which reflects poorly on my scores overall – same goes for exercise as I have a routine at home to exercise with minimal equipment, but if I am dead-tired from work I have no interest to exercise which hurts my health in the long run (not to mention I lose strength).
Ultimately I figured that doing things BEFORE work seems a lot better than after work – that way you are not fighting with other people to get home FAST so you can make use of the tiny bit of time you have before it is sleep time and then you are up again for work the next day. Perhaps this routine works, perhaps it does not – I have no sample group apart from myself to test out this theory, and even then the results will not be accurate as the sample group is too small. Anyways this concludes things for this coffee break, feel free to check out the patreon page, and I shall see you next time.