Smartphones are perfectly designed to disrupt sleep

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security phone for phone charging separation anxiety


The mobile phone is possibly one of the most important tools we’ve ever developed, allowing us almost ubiquitous access to information and communication. And oddly, it’s also one of the most harmful, keeping us up late into the night working, answering emails, texts or just playing on social media.

Because they keep us mentally engaged late into the evening, they make it hard to detach from work so we can relax and fall asleep.

We are the first generation to have these marvellous devices and we need to start carefully teaching the next generation to use the technology responsibly. Since so many of us are sleep deprived anyway, the best advice really is to leave the phones alone at least an hour before bedtime. And keep them switched off while we sleep. The Blue light that smartphones emit is particularly bad for our sleep because it hinders melatonin production which is essential for a good night’s sleep.

Switching off can leave us feeling anxious though, especially since we’ve become so reliant on technology (so much so that noPhone wants to make a fake phone for those who have phone separation anxiety while their phone charges). There’s even a phobia about being out of mobile phone contact – nomophobia.

Instead, try something soothing like a little yoga or even makko-ho exercises before bed instead of posting another status update. You’ll sleep better for it.

Sponsoring children in third world countries

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Earthquake damage in Jacmel

If you’ve ever wondered about whether sponsoring a child through organisations like World Vision or Compassion does any good, here’s an interesting article about one man who “>sponsored a child in Haiti for many years and eventually visited on a mission to see if his money made any difference.

part of me thinks, I gave $5,000—how do they not have a decent house? Did they never get the money?

The article is rather poignant, painting a depressing picture of a poverty stricken island paradise where the nicest house is owned by the pastor. For me, it captures beautifully the sense of guilt we can feel in the west, coupled with wanting our charity to have some measurable effect. The reality, though, is that putting in place an infrastructure to create any lasting effect is a slow moving process that probably never delivers the kind of instant posetive feedback we crave.

Yoga Joes – Kickstarter project to get the army men doing yoga

Little plastic army men doing yoga? You bet. Introducing the Yoga Joes – a set of six yoga poses done by little army guys dressed like they are in World War II. The little yoga fellows are designed by Dan Abramson who created the Brogamats (remember the originality of a yoga mat that looks like a quiver of arrows).

Creating the Yoga Joes is not easy. Dan went from melting pre-existing arm men and attempting to mold them to the right shapes into learning 3D scanning through to 3D modeling to Kickstarter, which is where we are now. Dan needs your help to get Yoga Joes into production, go support him!

Self discovery through fasting

The Feast by Leon Chwistek

An interesting and thoughtful post about fasting on Mondays. It’s interesting not only because intermittent fasting seemed to really help Marius keep his weight under control, but also because it raises some thoughtful questions about our relationship with food. We live, for the most part in the West, in a society where food is always available, and our relationship with food is complex. We are bombarded with adverts for suggarry, fatty foods and we eat for a variety of reasons; boredom, habit, socially motivated, but not very often simply out of hunger. It’s interesting that Marius noted, as he was fasting and began to crave food that

The cravings didn’t come from my stomach. They were not cravings from hunger, but from something else

Later on he really gets to the heart of the matter when he points out that diets are great but the ultimate goal is

learning to listen to your body and doing what it tells you. Unfortunately most people can’t hear themselves

Self discovery comes in many forms. For some it is through meditation, for some it comes through movement and for some it comes through food.