How many hours of sleep do you get every night? If your answer is lower than seven or eight, you should consider an earlier bedtime.
A new study has shown that, as well as causing a bunch of common health issues, a lack of sleep can actually damage your genetic makeup. So if you aren’t getting enough sleep, a little fatigue is the least of your worries.
Are you all well rested today? If not, what’s been keeping you awake? Tell us your thoughts.
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With all the exhaustion of a middle aged man, my five-year-old son declared that he was struggling to get to sleep. He didn’t know precisely why. He was forlornly resigned to his fate. But it would surely be nice if slumber was an easier bedfellow.
Amen to that brother. I know exactly what you mean.
Leaning over, seizing an opportunity to impart fatherly wisdom, I told him the answer was lists. Try and name every kid in your class and keep count. Name as many TV shows as you can and keep count. Before you are half way through your first list, I assured him, you will be fast asleep.
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Today The Punch team has each selected two issues which get us hot under the collar, and which we feel deserve more airplay.
What are your thoughts on the issues we’ve chosen? And what other issues do you think we should all be talking about?
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A few weeks back we got the note home from school that every parent fears: “Please come in for a chat about your child’s behaviour in class.” Jack is a gorgeous eight-year-old: kind, funny, affectionate and busy.
He asks great questions like “Do ladies wake up pregnant, or do they get pregnant in the morning?” (Our answer for that one was “Both”.)
Problem is, he’s not really a natural scholar (takes after his Dad). And instead of doing his work this year, he’s been busily making a name for himself as the class clown. It was one of those all-too-frequent moments when you realise parenting should also be known as “muddling-through-with-absolutely-no-idea-what-you’re-doing”.
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holiday noun 1. (often plural) a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel or recreation.
“See,” I said to my daughter, stabbing a finger at the dictionary, as we sat in our rented beach house after she’d woken me at 5.47am with “an itchy bite”. (Thanks, whoever left the yellowing Pocket Oxford next to the Scrabble.) “Darling, a holiday is a rest and that means not waking so early.”
Ten years I’ve been doing this ‘holiday with kids’ schtick, which isn’t actually a holiday but simply a relocation of our domestic chaos. Minus entertainment (Wii, Foxtel, Textas) and essentials (highchair, the forgotten teddy).
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Are you a morning person or an evening person? Plenty has been written about the pros and cons of different circadian rhythms, and the latest research has found you are actually at your most creative when you’re at your groggiest - it’s to do with being a bit unfocused and meandering towards a realisation.
So this Puncher is peaking between about 6am and 6pm. Excellent.
How about you? Up at sparrowfart, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? I’m guessing the first commenter will be a morning person… and what else is on your mind, Punchers?
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AS Kevin Rudd ploughs through the media analysis of his political woes and weighs the counsel of advisers and the trends identified by pollsters, the man known as Kevin 24/7 may be in need of some more homespun and maternal advice.
Kevin, it’s past your bedtime. Get some sleep.
The fatigue factor has been largely unexplored in the context of the Prime Minister’s poll slump and the corresponding surge by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. There has been a longstanding and well-documented view within Labor circles that Rudd’s workload and sleeping habits are so punishing as to be unsustainable.
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I’ve long suspected what the secret to happiness is, and now I’ve got proof. It comes courtesy of the Nerve Gut Research Laboratory at the University of Adelaide.
It’s not love or money or success.
It’s definitely not in a self-help book.
It’s a good sleep and a good poo. It’s that easy.
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