Sunday, 17 February 2019

Is Your Employer Torturing You?

"Early to bed, 
early to rise; 
makes a man 
healthy, wealthy 
and wise."

Are you familiar with that old maxim? I grew up hearing one variant or another of it. But is it true?

Well now it would seem that, according to some scientists, we may have been misled if that has become our mantra and reason for an early start to our workday. They've actually gone so far as to label any kind of work prior to 10:00am as akin to, are you ready for this? … "torture."

Yes, you read that right … torture.

It would seem that a leading Oxford University researcher, Dr. Paul Kelley, has suggested that starting work before 10:00am plays havoc on the Circadian Rhythm, otherwise known as the body's internal clock. He says,
"Staff should start at 10 am. You don't get back to (the 9 am) starting point till 55. Staff is usually sleep-deprived. We've got a sleep-deprived society. This is an international issue. Everybody is suffering and they don't have to."
He goes on to say that in as little as one week in which we get less than six hours sleep per night, the body experiences up to 711 changes in the way genes function. Now, I'm no scientist, but I cannot help but wonder how many of the plethora of modern illnesses that plague mankind are perhaps in some way related to this "torture." Hmm.

A British school tested this theory by changing the class start time from 8:30am to 10:00am and found that not only did grades significantly improve, but so did attendance. Hmm, interesting.

Now I realize that in today's 24/7 world, we cannot all come strolling in to work at whatever time we like. Yet at the same time, maybe there are a few take aways from this study that employers can adopt to reduce stress and increase productivity in the workplace, and in the end have a more energetic workforce. Who knows, they may even save a few dollars on the coffee budget. Then again, maybe we all just need to get to bed a little earlier, and in doing so, we may just find that the office "torture" chamber isn't quite so bad after all.

But seriously, and with all due respects to Dr. Paul Kelley, no matter how bad a day one might be having at work, "torture" seems a little overkill of a word for this application. History is full of examples of real torture that unfortunately are 1000's of times worse than simply being over tired at work.

Just my two-cents worth. Peace. 😉

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Photo Credit: Neil Moralee, Flickr Creative Commons

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Move Over, Breakfast Cereal

"All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast."
John Gunther

It's been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I believe it. For me personally, it is also often my biggest meal of the day. The noon meal is a little lighter, and often the evening meal, assuming it happens at all, is typically the lightest. I load up with the calories early in the day, and then as the day progresses, my calorie intake gradually goes down. It may not be typical of most, but it works for me.

Perhaps the reason many go without a hearty breakfast, especially on work days, is because they don't allow themselves enough time for much else other than maybe a quick bowl of cereal. Some people I know don't take time for even that much. That's unfortunate; I don't know how they do it.

A big hearty bowl of porridge with fruit, prepared the old-school way from scratch on the stovetop as opposed to an instant package in a microwave, two or three hard boiled eggs, rye toast with butter and jam, and a tall glass of cold milk. I love it! Oh, and of course, strong black coffee.

But sometimes you've got to mix it up ...

For some time now I have been making freezer packs of all sorts of interesting meals that I can quickly pull from the freezer on my way out the door in the morning, and thanks to office microwaves, I've got a decent hot meal for lunch. Today I tried something similar for weekday breakfasts by preparing the bulk of those breakfasts ahead of time on the weekend.

It looked like this:

  • boiled potatoes, drained, and seasoned with a Cajun spice mixture
  • beef/lamb burger patties, about a 1/4 pound each, with a Guinness sauce
  • baked brown beans

Now on weekday mornings, when time is at a premium, but I still want and need a good hearty breakfast without all the fuss, all I need to do is to quickly reheat of one of these dishes. Add a couple fried eggs on top, and a couple slices of rye buttered toast, and voila; I'm good to go.

Cold cereal? Thanks, but no thanks. I need something more to start my day.

"One should not attend even the end of the world
without a good breakfast."
Robert A. Heinlein

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

How To Get Your Case Thrown Out Of Court?

Did you hear about the two bed bugs that met in a mattress? They got married in the "spring."


Have you ever been dragged into court? Maybe "dragged" is the wrong word, but you were in a situation where an unwanted court visit was a necessary evil. Now what?! Wouldn't it be nice if there were some way out of it?

Maybe there is.

It would seem that a lawyer attending court in Oklahoma managed to do just that when he showed up in court with … are you ready for this ... "an abundance of bed bugs falling out of his clothing." Yup, you read that right; bed bugs!!! Apparently, according to the article, the lawyer was so non-chalant about it, that he didn't even seem to notice the bugs crawling all over him or the files that he had laid on the desk. Now maybe it's just me, but I very quickly notice and get annoyed by even one fly or mosquito taking up residence on my body; how could one apparently not even notice, much less seem to care, about an infestation of bed bugs hitching a ride on one's body? Now maybe if he were headed to Walmart, that might be overlooked (Yuk, Yuk), but he was headed to court to presumably defend some poor sap! The court building was apparently evacuated and closed down. Go figure!!!

Are you grossed out yet?

Begs the question, however, as to what happened to the cases on the docket for that day. As much as we might like to think that they were thrown out of court, they were probably simply rescheduled when everyone was just too "bugged" to continue on that day (Yuk, Yuk).

Morale of the Story: If a lawyer is necessary, find one with bugs? Hmm. 😆😆😆

Got a phantom itch that suddenly needs scratching? Sorry.

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Photo Source: Shena Tschofen; Flickr Creative Commons