Thursday, August 23, 2007

Australian companies are waking up to the benefits of keeping workers alert!

How does this translate to desk jobs? Just as a drowsy pilot is more likely to miss a radio call, a stock trader whose eyelids are drooping may have trouble pouncing on as many transactions as usual. "People think they're fine. They're not," says Dr. Mark Rosekind, president of Alertness Solutions, a Cupertino (Calif.) consulting company that trains executives in simple techniques for improving alertness at work.

Among Rosekind's tips: get more strategic about how you consume coffee. You'll get the maximum mental boost if you drink a cup one half hour before an important meeting or other business event. Sitting in a brightly lit room for just 15 minutes helps, too, as does exercise. And nap, of course. You won't necessarily lose if you snooze.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

MetroNaps on Four Corners!

When was the last time you had a good night’s sleep? Are you one of the million-plus Australians who spend their nights watching the minutes tick by, dreading the morning, knowing you’ll be exhausted? Some say it feels like dragging a piano around, an awful deadening weight.

So why are so many of us unable to sleep? For one in 20 Australians, sleep is no longer a given, it’s a luxury. Life is about being accessible and contactable 24 hours a day in a world that never slows down. From shift workers to new parents to those just stressed, sleep deprivation becomes a way of life.

Bizarrely for some it’s a badge of honour to see who can stay awake the longest. In Britain the makers of Big Brother have invented a ‘reality’ show, "Shattered". Contestants compete for more than $200,000 to see who can survive the longest on two hours sleep a night.

But sleep deprivation is no trivial matter with economists estimating insomnia and other sleep disorders are costing the community over $10 billion a year.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007