By the time I finally gave up and decided to get out of bed eight hours later, I had to admit that we were at watchPAT: 1, me: 0.
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There's sleep -- and then there's SLEEP.
sleep challenge
Chronic lack of sleep is linked to a whole bag of problems.
Oh, I'm just buying econ-o-size multi-packs of mysterious herbal energy supplements off of eBay and having one-sided text conversations composed entirely of consonants and punctuation.
Children rely on ritual and stability, and it's a huge comfort to them to repeat the same actions every night before bed.
open thread
My brain is always racing. This is the one secret that has worked for me consistently to fall asleep over the years.

Feb 21, 2014 at 2:15pm | 241 comments

Skincare that promises to make my skin look alert and rejuvenated, available at the drugstore? TOO DOWN.

Jan 21, 2014 at 6:00pm | 107 comments

what the parenting books don't tell you
I'm not sure I even remembered to brush my hair on Monday, but I still managed to trick at least two people into thinking I have it all together. YOU CAN, TOO.
what the parenting books don't tell you
It’s as if my body has some sort of ancestral knowledge of babies being stolen from the cave by wild animals during the night.
I don't have any evidence to back it up but I think it gives me better sleep.
elizabeth street
For several months, my husband and I have been trying to sleep train our 9-month-old baby so he sleeps the entire night, but all our efforts have backfired.

I'm known to carry on full-on conversation while I blissfully rest, andI find the second-hand accounts of these talks to be endlessly delightful.
Also I've looked into buying a bird feeder. I'm just saying.

Apr 16, 2013 at 12:30pm | 48 comments

new year's eve
i never sleep
I tried those whispering videos. No dice; it's still Insomnia City over here.
It's called Autonomous Sensory Meridian Reponse, and it can give you tingling in the limbs, a feeling of warmth or what is known as a "braingasm."

Oct 5, 2012 at 1:00pm | 116 comments

dr james maas
Turns out my general sleep schedule, which mostly involves trying to catch up on the weekends, is not nearly as effective as I'd hoped.
These study findings are really just confirming the obvious, but they’re also highlighting a growing social problem; a lot of adults are using electronic devices because they need to, and their ill health is the tradeoff they must make in order to stay employed and stay competitive with people in their field.
blanket stealing
Sometimes, even now, when I'm alone in a hotel room, I play infomercials at a very low volume because the banality of it is soothing. (This is how I know far too much about the the Post-i-vac vacuum penis pump system.)