Paying Off Your Sleep Debt

Not only are we racking up huge amounts of credit card debt in America, but Americans, in our busy, half-hour lunch if there’s time, world is becoming seriously sleep deprived and in need of paying off our sleep debt. Studies show that one in five adults suffer from daytime sleepiness, 5o percent say that daytime sleepiness interferes with work. Today, Americans on average sleep one hour less per night than they did 20 to 30 years go.

“A 15-20 minute power nap, usually midday when people start to feel the effects of not getting enough sleep, can help a person maintain their morning alertness all day long,” says Maas at Medicine.Net. Taking a few minutes out of your work schedule can ensure that you have the alertness and effective operational skills to ‘be all the you can be’ in our American society. Though most countries around the world take two or even three hours in the afternoon for lunch or a ‘siesta’, America presses on throughout the day, some burning the midnight oil just to raise their profit margin. But in order to balance our minimal amount of sleep and still be able to function and work, “naps are one of the most powerful alertness strategies,” says Mark Rosekind, PhD, president and chief scientist at Alertness Solutions, from an article at WebMD. “It is the only strategy that gets directly to the ‘sleep debt’ we rack up at night when we don’t get the amount we need.”

So choosing a ‘Sleep Debt’ strategy can make a difference in your everyday life. Find ten to fifteen minutes in your day when you can pay off your debt from the previous night. Nap in a quiet, uninterrupted area. Set an alarm to control how long you sleep and to avoid that groggy, tired feeling you get if you sleep too long, and nap at the same time each day, training your body to look forward and to appreciate your nap time. Make a choice to pay off your sleep debt and rid your body of high interest payments on work and life. Even in our fast-paced, no-time-for-anything-society, we can carve out a moment in our day to re-energize and refresh our bodies so that we can function and perform more effectively.

4 Chinese Symbols You Should Know For The Olympics

One week from today, our nation will join countries from around the world in Beijing, China to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Its time to prepare to experience the world in all its athletic grandeur. The merging hotpot of cultures, people and languages in a competitive atmosphere will take place this year in one of the oldest and most controversial cities in the world. While the smog and pollution might leave a stain on the lungs of Olympic athletes, China is sure to have pulled out all of the stops for this monumental event in their long and rich history.

If you’re like me, you’re eagerly anticipating 8-8-08 and the beginning of a marathon of events and athletic drama. I plan on watching the opening ceremonies and as much of the 2008 Olympics as possible. Not only is the competition fascinating, but the window into different cultures is intriguing as well. Since China is hosting the Olympics, we are sure to be exposed to a written language far different from our own. So, in order to properly prepare to be immersed in a new culture for the Summer Games, here are four Chinese symbols that you can impress your friends by knowing during the Olympics this year.

The pronunciation above the characters is Pinyin, a way to pronounce and read the Chinese Symbols. The corresponding number is the tone inflection used for that word. Check out Chinese Medicine Doc for a quick tutorial.

1. USA (the United States of America):

Chinese Pinyin: mei3 guo2

Be sure to check for this symbol at the top of every leader-board!

2. Strength of spirit:

Chinese Pinyin: jing1 shen2 li4 liang4

For those incredible moments of courage and athletic heroism.

3. Victory (triumph):

Chinese Pinyin: sheng4 li4

Yell this word as your favorite athlete crosses the finish line.

4. Gold (metal):

Chinese Pinyin: huang2 jin1

The color of Olympic greatness.

About.Com has additional Chinese characters and pronounciation if you are ambitious and want to pick up Mandarin Chinese during the Olympics.

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