Ultimate Sleep Test & Eclipse
The ultimate sleep test
Do you actually know how much sleep you need? Most people don’t get enough. Some sources say 7 hours for young adults, others say 10, more, less, or somewhere in between. But here’s the thing: everyone’s body is different. And a lot of factors like diet, exercise, and genetics can affect how much sleep you need.
So how do you figure it out? Take a test. Don’t worry, not a written test, a sleep test. “What’s this?”, you ask? A sleep test is an easy way for you to find out how much sleep you personally need to be at your best.
Here’s how to do it:
- Set a bedtime. Make sure you set a reminder or an alarm for 20-30 minutes before your dedicated bedtime to start getting yourself ready to sleep.
- Turn off your morning alarms. You don’t want any alarms going off – that’s the point of this test. I’m not afraid to admit that I cheered a little when I read about this part!
- Keep a sleep journal. Write down the time you naturally wake up each day.
For the first few days, you’ll probably sleep a lot later than you usually would because your body is catching up on sleep. But after a few days, your body should start to wake up around the same time every day. Once you determine what time your natural wake-up time is, figure out how many hours you’re naturally sleeping for. That will tell you how long your body needs to sleep every night.
So if you’re going to bed at 11:30pm and waking up at 8:00am, that means you need about 8.5h of sleep every night. If you need to be at work at 8:00am most days, you’ll probably want to back your bedtime up to 10:30pm so you can get up at 7:00am and still wake up refreshed!
Quick tip: The best time to do a sleep test like this is while you’re on vacation or at least have some time off. You want to make sure your schedule is free from any morning obligations that you would need to set an alarm for.
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There are two main types of eclipses: lunar and solar. There are also several sub-types of each of those main types, like partial and total eclipses. Lunar eclipses involve the view of the moon being blocked from view by the earth, while solar eclipses involve the view of the sun being blocked from view by the moon.
Lunar eclipses happen fairly frequently (and by frequently I mean ~2 per year). Solar eclipses actually happen at about the same rate, but are typically not visible from more than one point on Earth. Lunar eclipses, on the other hand, can be viewed by anyone on the nighttime-side of the earth.
If you’ve never had the chance to see a solar eclipse before, there’s one coming up soon. There will be a total solar eclipse on August 21st, which will be visible from several places across the United States.
Head over to the NASA site to see if you’re near a good viewing site!
Today I learned…
- …that the arctic continent / circle are named after bears. The Antarctic is literally “without bears”. Our poles are named bear and not-bear
- …that there is so much space junk floating around Earth, it appears to have a ring
- …that 1 in 200 people are supertaskers, actually capable of multitasking
- …that Volvo started as a ball-bearing company. “Volvo” means “I Roll” in Latin
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