Showing posts with label Sleep. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sleep. Show all posts

February 6, 2017

9 Groundbreaking Discoveries About Sleep

Nine
Nine  
There's a lot about sleep that we don't understand, like why we even sleep in the first place, for example.

December 25, 2016

Can You Get Too Much Sleep?

Olivia Gordon
A screenshot of Olivia Gordon  
Are you someone who likes to hit the snooze button four or five times before waking up?

December 8, 2016

November 9, 2016

How Do Insects Survive The Winter?

Michael Aranda
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Birds fly south, humans bundle up, but what do insects do to survive the winter?

October 4, 2016

How Can Birds Sleep While They're Flying?

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Scientists have found a bird that can fly continuously for weeks at a time and sleeps in the air.

September 5, 2016

8 Strange Animal Sleeping Habits

Eight
Eight
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Sleep is important, but not all animals need the same kind of deep rest as humans.

July 5, 2016

Why Aren't Humans Naturally Nocturnal?

A Child Fast Asleep
A child fast asleep
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Our bodies depend on light and dark for optimal sleep patterns.

May 22, 2016

Why Do We Jump In Our Sleep?

Michael Aranda
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Learn why you may experience jumping in your sleep, and how you can prevent it!

May 17, 2016

November 14, 2015

Sleep Scheduled For Saturday

MacBook Pro In Bed
Most of us like to sleep late on weekends; which is not a bad thing; because we were busy from Monday to Friday.

September 24, 2015

Here Is Why You Should Not Become A Sleep-Deprived Blogger

Tomcat Yawning
Tomcat Yawing
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In the past, I forced myself to compose articles when I was physically and mentally drained; at the time, I wanted to find my breaking point and I was curious to see what the end product of that crazy experiment would turn out to be.

There were times, when the experiment turned out well and there were other times when I did not like the end result of the experiment.

I learned that I was taking a huge risk; one that could lead to messing up a good post (And, any blogger in their right frame of mind, will not want to sabotage their own creative process; especially in the area of content creation).

It Is Better To Write Your Articles When You Are Fully Coherent

I know for a fact, that you would write a much better article when your are well-rested and attempting to write an article when your are sleepy is akin to creating a recipe for disaster.

For starters, when you are well-rested, you are in a better position to think clearly; which would be a plus in the area of creating content for your blog.

Also, when you are well-rested, you would no doubt be in a better position to proofread your article (And, all bloggers should proofread their articles before uploading them to their blogs).

From experience, I can tell you, that when you are sleep-deprived, you miss a lot of errors in your posts; therefore attempting to proofread your article when you are sleepy is counterproductive; you risk the chance of finding typographical errors in your blog post (You will be shocked at what you allowed under the proverbial radar of yours the following day).

If you want to produce quality content, you need to be at your best (And, you are usually at your best when you are well-rested).

Dear friend, do not attempt to proofread any article of yours when you are sleepy; leave it and go to sleep and resume the proofreading process when your mind is fully energized.

Why?

Because if you upload too many typographical errors on your blog, you will end up losing the respect of some of your readers — readers who would prefer to read articles that are well-written; the kind of articles that are devoid of typographical errors.

Do not sabotage the quality of your blog with typographical errors.

So, if you are tired, sleep should be your main priority and not blogging.

It is commendable that you like blogging and that you want to create content for your blog; but only do it when you are fully coherent.

Sleep Deprivation Can Cause Serious Harm To The Mind And Body

If you are a blogger who puts blogging before sleeping, I want you to know that there are grave consequences for doing so and they are as follows:

• Diabetes.

• Stroke.

• Heart failure.

• Heart attack.

• High blood pressure.

• Irregular heartbeat.

• Heart disease.

• You become more prone to accidents.

• Decreased sex drive.

• Impaired concentration.

• Ages your skin prematurely.

• It causes you to forget things.

• Your judgement is impaired.

• It can contribute to unwanted weight gain.

• You weaken your immune system.

• Moodiness can arise.

My Final Thoughts On Blogging When You Are Deprived Of Your Sleep

I want you to be a smart, happy and healthy blogger (And, you would need to get an adequate amount of rest in order to achieve those good qualities that I mentioned).

To be at your best, you need to feel your best (And, you can accomplish your best, by getting at least eight hours of sleep).

I know quite well, that some of you are busy and that the only time that is available for you to blog is, after a very hard day's work, or when your cumbersome day at school has ended.

Make rest your first priority, because you are no good to anyone (yourself included) when you are in a state of sleep-deprivation.

Do not risk your health, or the reputation of your blog by blogging when you are deprived of your sleep.

I guarantee you, that you will do a much better job at blogging when your proverbial batteries are fully charged.

August 31, 2015

Obeying The Body's Command To Sleep

A Sleeping Kitten
A Sleeping Kitten
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Yesterday (Sunday 30th August, 2015), I slept like a baby; my brain as well as my body hinted to me that it needed sleep and I obeyed.

Sleep is essential for good health; therefore it is imperative that we all acquire our quota of it.

Being a blogger, I know first hand, that it is actually counterproductive to write articles when one is tired; I run the risk of uploading a post to my blog with typographical errors; which is why, sleep will always be my first priority.

In the past, I conducted experiments that involved myself composing articles when I was sleep-deprived; I learned that a well-rested mind will always produce a better post than a mind that is starved of sleep; because the proofreading aspect of my mind tends to go into hibernation when I am sleepy (And, I am guessing, that it is probably the same way with you).

The biggest irony of all is, that I brewed an entire pot of coffee with the intentions of staying awake.

Why did I want to stay awake?

Because, I wanted to blog like there was no tomorrow!

Apparently, the coffee did not create a temporary state of insomnia for me; instead, I yawned right after I consumed the last drop of coffee and I went in my bed.

That day, I only uploaded one post to my blog (And, the way that I view it is that one is better than none).

To be on the safe side of things, I think that we should only blog when we are energetic (or possess a reasonable amount of energy for the task of blogging) and not blog when we are tired; because we all saw the results of what transpired when we blogged in an exhausted state of mind (And, those results were not pretty).

Wise is he or she who obeys the body's command to sleep; plus there are many health benefits that sleep provides.

Do you obey your body's command to sleep?

Or, do you fight the urge to sleep and keep on blogging?

April 3, 2015

Straightening Out My Blogging Priorities

Changed Priorities Ahead
Changed Priority Ahead
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There are times when I feel as though I could go on strike.

There are so many bloggers on the internet (which is, a good thing), therefore, I do not think that anyone would really miss me.

Most bloggers are busy doing their own thing; expressing themselves via their blogs (And, I have to admit that I never get bored of that sort of thing).

The blogosphere can be looked upon as, one of the world's busiest highways; it is always filled with activity (Which is one of the reasons why I never get bored of surfing it).

Feedly Logo
Feedly Logo
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Don't Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

Recently, I made the mistake of following more people than I could actually handle; my Feedly notifications were coming in by the shiploads.

Since this digital disaster was my creation, I knew that I had the power within me to fix it.

This is what I did:

I simply removed some people from my Feedly feed; so I would no longer be notified of their posts in the future.

Sounds cruel?

Okay, it might be to an extent.

However, those countless Feedly notifications were sending me a bit crazy and it was depleting my energy.

And, how did it do that?

Well, every time, a notification from Feedly came in, I would check it out (And, I was following so many darn people; I spent a very long period reading so many posts; it was so time-consuming that it almost hindered my ability to produce content).

I thought that curtailing the amount of people that I followed was way better than ridding myself of the Feedly reader; to rid myself of the Feedly reader would have been taking it to the extreme.

Recently, my friend, Ray, told me that he got rid of his Feedly reader; but I was not going to follow in his footsteps and dump my Feedly reader.

For the record, I am very happy for my friend, Ray, because of the fact that he made his life simpler by ridding himself of the Feedly reader.

I on the other hand, learned the very hard way, that I should not follow more people than I could comfortably handle.

I will  continue to use my Feedly reader, because I view it as a very useful tool.

Feedly is not to be blamed for the shiploads of notifications that were coming in.

I am to blame, because it was my fault; I came up with the idea that it would be a very cool thing to follow all those people via Feedly; until the proverbial shit hit the fan.

Thankfully, I have sorted out that issue and things have returned to a level of normalcy.

Do you use Feedly?

And, do you enjoy using it?

Or, if you are one of those people who have never used Feedly, are you willing to give it a try?

Just remember:

If you follow too many people on Feedly, it will turn into a very hellish experience for you.

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A Confused-Looking Emoticon
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Was The Chronicles Of Renard Rebranded?

No, The Chronicles Of Renard was not rebranded.

As a matter of fact, The Chronicles Of Renard still deals with every topic under the Sun.

This blog of mine is not a niche-oriented one.

I could just imagine some of you scratching your heads and saying to yourselves, "Isn't this a music blog?"

The answer is, "No, this isn't a music blog!"

Surprised?

Okay, some of my new followers would be a bit confused by all of this; since they were attracted to my blog by the large portion of music that I posted.

I love music and it is the easiest thing for me to post about and when I am very tired, or very busy, music posts come in very handy for me, because they save a lot of time.

And, it is my frigging blog; so if I want to post music, then music it is!

If you have a problem with that, you are more than welcome to go somewhere else.

No, I am not a bad-ass; I am merely stating a fact.

We all do whatever we desire with our blogs.

Now, isn't that so?

Of course, that is the case with many of us bloggers; to think otherwise, would be to outrightly lie to ourselves.

So, for the record, The Chronicles Of Renard, will always deal with miscellaneous topics (Which is the way that I f*ucking like it).

Books
Books
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I Actually Thought About Doing More Book Reviews

Book reviews?

Yes, book reviews!

Okay, I know quite well that I have not done a book review in ages; the last time that I did one, The President of the United States of America — Barack Obama, did not have that large quantity of grey hairs on his head.

The nice thing is: I have lots of books at my home; so it should not be too much trouble to write a review on a few of them.

I have noticed that a large number of people take book reviews for granted.

I have visited many blogs that dealt with book reviews (their niche fell under books and reading), and discovered that even though those book reviews of theirs were well-written, they did not get much attention, or many comments.

I wondered: "Are people losing their interest in books?"

A lot of people that I know, would prefer to watch a movie than spend some of their valuable time reading a book.

Reading is a good thing, since it helps a person to expand their mind and improve on their comprehension skills.

And, it is a rather unfortunate circumstance, that a lot of teenagers (and adults too) are unable to read.

I had an English teacher who encouraged all of his students to read; pornography included; provided it had words to go along with those lewd pictures (Some may have considered him as being one crazy-ass teacher; but he always got the job done).

If you were encouraged to read at an early age, chances are you would have turned into a bookworm.

And, to those people who have problems with reading, it is not too late to take an adult literacy course.

Do you enjoy reading books?

And, would you like to see some more book reviews from me in the near future?

Although doing book reviews are somewhat risky, I would not mind at all producing a few of those.

Social Media Blocks
Social Media Blocks
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Please Don't Send Me Invitations To Join Your Social Media Group

At the moment, my figurative plate is filled with social media groups — groups from Google+ and groups from Facebook too.

It would be very unfair of me to join your social media group and not be an active member of that group.

Also, participating in social media groups on the whole takes up a lot of one's time.

Luckily, for Tara Woodruff; I would be spending a lot of my time with her social media group on Facebook; which is known as: The Blog Exchange.

Are you currently a part of social media groups?

Are you an active participant in those social media groups that you are a part of?

Are you handling all of those social media groups well?

Or, are they too much for you to handle?

The wise thing to do is, to not overexert yourself by trying to manage more than you can actually handle.

And, of course, if you are a member of too many of those social media groups, relieve yourself of a few of them.

Social media should work for you and it should not be a major pain in the ass.

Thermometer
Thermometer
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Thinking About Producing Posts When The Temperature Is Cooler

Recently, I mentioned to you that it is the dry season here in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; the temperature can soar as high as, 33 degrees Celsius; which when converted to Fahrenheit, would give you 91.40000 degrees (and, when the temperature is that high, I can barely differentiate my ass from elbow); which makes it somewhat difficult to concentrate and get some writing done.

So, instead of trying to compose posts when the place is hot, I could probably wait around evening-time; when it is much cooler.

What would you have done if you were in my shoes?

Would you battle with the heat and try to compose a post in the torrid weather?

Or, would you wait for evening-time; when the place is much cooler.

I am more of a nocturnal-type person. So, writing posts at evening-time should work in my favour.

Speech Bubble
Speech Bubble
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I Will Still Continue To Comment On Blogs

One of my favourite pastimes is, commenting on the blogs of others.

I really do not mind reading an hour's worth of posts and commenting on them.

Besides, writing all those comments is a way for me to warm up; which will have me all ready and poised for writing my own article (So, that sort of thing definitely works out in my favour).

Do you ever make the time to comment on the posts of others?

One love to all those people whose blogs I have commented on so far (And, God/Goddess knows that I have commented on more posts than I could ever count).

Sleeping Penguin
A Sleeping Penguin
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I Will Also Make It My Priority To Get More Sleep

I have observed that, when I get my full quota of sleep (which is, around eight hours of sleep), I tend to write articles with ease and when I am deprived of sleep, writing becomes a huge burden.

So, wouldn't it be wise of me to write when I am well-rested?

Of course, it would!

If I want to do my best, I have got to feel my best.

Hey, I am getting older and I cannot continue to burn my proverbial candle at both ends.

And, I do not think that you should burn your candle at both ends, because you will burnout yourself.

Get your well-needed rest; it would provide you with the energy that you need to blog away in the blogosphere as if you were Superman or Superwoman.

It is quite a pity that a lot of us had to learn the hard way; especially the part about getting an adequate amount of rest.

Social Media Icons
Social Media Icons
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Please Share My Stuff

Google tends to pay closer attention to the blogs that people share on a regular basis.

It is as though they say to their self, "Hmm. People are sharing articles from this person's blog; therefore, it must be good; we will start paying closer attention to that particular blog from now on."

And, it is a known fact that, blogs that are shared a lot through social media, rank higher in Google.

For the record, I think that could be a figurative double-edged sword?

Why?

Because, a lot of junk tends to go viral via social media and it would be very embarrassing to have someone else's junk ranking way higher than your well-written articles.

So, it looks as though the playing field for bloggers is no longer a fair and even one; the one that gets the most shares, gets most of the attention on the internet.

As many of you know I hate to beg (it is probably due to my Leo pride), but I would step out of my comfort zone and ask, "Could you please share my posts on your social media?" 

A lot of us will read the posts of our friends; but we seldom remember to share them via our favourite social media.

Let us make a big change in the blogosphere by sharing each others posts via our social media.

Do you think that such a thing is a good idea?

Well, I certainly think that sharing each others posts on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Facebook, etcetera, is a splendid idea.

Mobile Devices
Mobile Devices
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I Am So Happy That I Took The Time To Make My Blog Mobile-Friendly

I have noticed that I have an increase of viewers that peruse The Chronicles Of Renard with their Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones; the quantity of those people who check out my blog, using that medium have not surpassed that of my desktop counterpart; but they are important nonetheless.

Google actually admitted to people that they are going to penalize those blogs and websites that are not mobile-friendly.

So, dear friend, if your blog is not mobile-friendly, it is time for you to make it so (And, you can do that by uploading a responsive template to your blog).

Gone are the days, when we only catered for viewers that perused our blogs via desktop computers and laptop computers.

These days, people use additional devices like tablets and smartphones to check out our blogs and it would be a very wise move on our behalf, if we catered for them (Or, continued catering for them).

The Conclusion

I believe that I have a few of my priorities all straightened out.

Also, it would not hurt me one bit if I really decided to go on strike.

The truth is: there are fabulous bloggers like Brent Jones, Sue Anne Dunlevie, Tara Woodruff and Adrienne Smith who can fill that void.

I am merely a guy with good workable ideas; but they are the true experts in their field of expertise.

Well, if I do not go on strike, I will continue to have fun in the blogosphere by producing great posts, visiting the blogs of others and my favourite part  — commenting on those blogs that I visited and read.

November 11, 2014

The Issue Of Sleep

Koala sleeping on a tree top
Koala sleeping on a tree top (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I hereby salute those people who can really sleep like a log (Those people who do not budge until it is time for them to wake up).

The longest I have ever slept in my adulthood so far is, for a period of nine hours (And, that was more of a segmented type of sleep where I got up sometime during the night and went back to sleep).

I have noticed that as we get older, we tend to sleep less and one of the reasons for that could be the fact that we adults have so much work and chores to engage ourselves in during the daytime or the night-time.

The only adults that I have seen getting a long uninterrupted sleep are the lazy ones or those who are retired (Oh, I do envy them for their ability to sleep for such lengthy periods).

For some people, sleep comes easily; they would be having a conversation with you now and a few moments after, they are fast asleep.

Then there are those with some form of sleep disorder; they take prescribed drugs to sleep, or in some cases, they self-medicate with illegal drugs and alcohol in order to acquire eight hours to ten hours of sleep.

Now, it does not take a Rocket Scientist to figure out that the healthiest way to get that desired sleep is naturally and without drugs (Whether they are prescription drugs or the illegal kind).

And, sometimes it is a psychological thing, where we believe that it is wrong to sleep for very long periods, because we were taught to believe by a parent or society that sleeping for long periods is unproductive.

The truth is: you are the one who is supposed to know via the way your mind and body is feeling; for example: are you energetic or lethargic? If you are energetic, you are well-rested and if you are lethargic, it means that you need to recharge those proverbial batteries of yours.

Sleep is essential for a sound mind and a healthy body and for God's sake, I hope that you are getting enough of it.

November 6, 2014

The Bed And I Are Becoming Close Friends

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Two consecutive nights, I went to bed early (I can't tell you when last I did that).

Now, I did mention to my readers that I would make it my priority to replenish my energy (And, going to bed at an earlier hour does help in the area of recharging one's proverbial batteries).

I am usually somewhat of a night owl and I enjoy finding things to do at night (But, with the recent bout of tiredness, I decided to take a proactive stance by doing whatever is necessary to replenish lost energies).

For some people, sleep is a luxury (And, I can clearly understand why that is so).

Unfortunately, a lot of people are so darn busy; they are working almost around the clock; slowly sending themselves to the doctor's office, or to an early grave.

To be on the safe side, I have decided to make friends with my bed; it will be seeing me regularly at night-time.

November 1, 2014

I Slept For Some Extra Hours

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Although I got up early and did a few chores, I jumped back into my bed with the intentions of getting a few hours in (A decision that I am proud of).

For the longest while, I have been trying to get in a healthy quota of sleep by going to bed at an earlier hour; but that plan never always worked, even though the intentions were good.

Most of us tend to take sleep for granted and rant out excuses as to why it is not possible to get the necessary amount of sleep needed.

Hey, my mind and body needed the sleep and I got it (Which is something that I am utterly grateful for).

Besides, many of us tend to remain a little longer in bed on the weekend.

If we punish ourselves by staying awake longer on those working days of the week, I think that it is more than okay for us to sleep like a baby on Saturdays and Sundays.

Did you get the chance to sleep for some extra hours? Or, did sleep evade you due to a hectic schedule?

October 20, 2014

I Have Been Bad To Myself: The Sleep Deprivation Story

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Yesterday (Sunday 19th, October), I felt as though I could have slept the whole day (Staying awake until late hours on both Friday and Saturday only resulted in me feeling lethargic on Sunday).

The irony is: I know better, but I ignored commonsense by figuratively burning my candle at both ends.

Anyone looking on would have thought to themselves, "He is being rather wicked to himself."

I think that for this entire week, I would have to mend my relationship with sleep.

As human beings, most of us have learned the hard way that our mind and body needs rest (And, to perform exceptionally well as a blogger, I would need to get a reasonable amount of both).

Did you get your fair share of sleep for the past few days? I am hoping that you did and that you didn't partake in a self-imposed sleep deprivation exercise like I did.

September 27, 2014

I Will Try To Put In An Earlier Night's Rest

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There are times when I would stay up late; engaged in all sorts of activities and there are also times when I do go to bed early.

Honestly, I am more of a night owl; but these days, I have been thinking about giving my body the rest that it deserves (After all, I am not getting any younger).

Thankfully, I am not of that age where the television watches me instead of I watching it, or falling asleep in the middle of a conversation while speaking to someone.

However, I do recognize the importance of sleep and I intend to get my fair share of it.

So, if you have realized that I haven't commented on your article tonight, don't miscontrue it for a lack of interest; for the truth is: I have stept into Dreamland a few hours earlier.

September 18, 2014

I Have A New-Found Respect For Sleep

Main health effects of sleep deprivation (See ...
Main health effects of sleep deprivation (See Wikipedia:Sleep deprivation). Model: Mikael Häggström. To discuss image, please see Template talk:Häggström diagrams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are a large percentage of people who do not get an adequate amount of sleep (And, the majority of them are left wondering: "Why is it that my health has spiralled downwards?" Well, it is because that a lot of important processes take place within the body during sleep.

Recently, I read an article from, Dr. Mercola about the effects of lack of sleep and it was rather frightening; I guarantee you that if you read it in its entirety, you will never deprive yourself of sleep again.

Sleep Is Essential For Good Health


Our body actually heals itself when we are asleep. It is common knowledge among those in the scientific and medical community, that our bodies secrete hormones; the kind that helps to control glucose levels, energy metabolism and appetite (So, if you are missing out on sleep, it could lead to weight gain).

Lack Of Sleep Affects Our Performance And Alertness


It is a belief among some sleep experts, that by missing something as little as one and a half hours of sleep for a single night can lead to a 32% reduction in our alertness during the daytime; this is bad, especially if your job is the type that requires you to be fully alert.

Lack Of Sleep Affects The Memory


We experience what is commonly referred to as, brain fog when we miss out on hours of essential sleep; we tend to forget things and our short-term memory seems to be almost non-functional; which is very bad for those who have to write a thesis of some kind the following day.

Lack Of Sleep Can Affect Your Sex Drive


Studies have proven that lack of sleep causes a drop in our libido; which results in us having little interest in sex (So, we might as well sleep like a baby when the night comes).


Lack Of Sleep Is Bad For Our Skin


When we lose hours of vital sleep, our body produces an excessive amount of the stress hormone cortisol; which breaks down the skin's collagen (So, if you want to look younger, or remain young-looking, get your nightly quota of rest). 


The Conclusion


If you really took the time to do some research on the negative effects of sleep-deprivation, you would never again take sleep for granted.

I have only mentioned a short list (and, the list gets longer when you start perusing all of the health literature in the books and on the internet); therefore, getting an adequate amount of rest when the night comes, should be our main priority if we want to remain healthy.

September 13, 2014

The Issue Of Sleeping Late

English: cat sleeping on a bed
English: cat sleeping on a bed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Apparently, some of us are into the habit of getting up early and as a result of this, have forgotten what it is like to sleep late; people like that would prefer to raise early, stretch or wiggle their toes instead of doing nothing.

Many of us have various early morning routines; which of course does not include sleeping late in bed (The only way that some of us might find ourselves in bed late is if we were sick and the doctor gave strict instructions to remain in bed until we got better).

Maybe, some of us should start sleeping late to remember what it felt like (That could be done on the days that you do not have to go to work).

Although getting up early (before sunrise) is a discipline, there is nothing wrong in sleeping late; which is okay, provided that it does not become a habit — one which we engage ourselves in seven days of the week.

Sleeping late has acquired a bad reputation; since it is mainly associated with people in society known as, Slackers.

Do you sleep late occasionally? Or, do you have a flawless reputation as an early raiser? Or, do you sleep late all of the time?

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