Go West, Young Man! (to minimize jet lag)

Why you’re more tired flying east than west

Airbus A350

Dr. Michael, J. Breus over at The Sleep Doctor has an answer:

Scientists have posited that the asymmetry of jet lag—the increased impact that results from eastward travel compared to westward—is connected to the fact that human circadian rhythms, on average, extend slightly beyond 24 hours. This means that at a biological level we’re all slightly inclined toward extending our days at their end rather than at their beginning—essentially, we find it somewhat easier to behave like night owls than larks.

Basically, it’s easier to stay up late than get up early.

I think I agree with that.

Farther down, however, is a real gem, though:

Light exposure at the wrong time of day interferes with circadian function and sleep-wake cycles, throwing the body’s internal timekeeping out of sync with external time.  This common occurrence results in what’s known as social jet lag—the kind of jet lag you can experience without ever leaving home or crossing time zones.

Clicking on through to the NCBI website gives us the abstract of “Social jetlag: misalignment of biological and social time”. The abstract sums thusly:

Our results strongly suggest that work (and school) schedules should be adapted to chronotype whenever possible.

So, basically, earning and learning is better when done on your own schedule than that of others. Of course, if your chronotype already matches school and work, you’re golden. Otherwise, how do you make your life work with your sleep schedule? When do you set aside time to learn and time to do?

 

Neil deGrasse Tyson Warning on America and Science Denial

Redglass Pictures teamed up with Neil deGrasse Tyson to produce a 4-minute film that communicates something that I have been feeling for awhile. Tyson calls this “maybe the most important words he has ever spoken”. The film covers the recent rise of science denial in this country.

“That’s not the country I remember growing up in. Not that we didn’t have challenges… But I don’t remember anytime where people were standing in denial of what science was.”

Indeed, Neil. I too watched Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. I was one of the first to actually use the Internet, then the World Wide Web. I used cell phones when they were so novel that people would stare at me using one discreetly in Wal-Mart.

“This is science, it’s not something to toy with! It’s not something to say “I choose not to believe E=mc², you don’t have that option!” …it is true whether or not you believe in it, and the sooner you understand that, the faster we can get on with… how to solve the problems that face us.”

Once had a friend – he is still a great, smart friend – that when I brought up a conversation from some 10 years or so earlier, I asked him if he still believed that global warming was a hoax. His reply was, “No, but it shouldn’t be a religion either.” I’ve thought about that remark a lot, and it reminds me of this Carl Sagan idea:

Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.

My friend is right in a way. I believe that religion builds policies, procedures, and systems around spirituality, but not in a scientific method sort of way.

Religion doesn’t establish or even create morals, it establishes trusts. Throughout history and various cultures, these trusts between others in the tribe have moved civilizations forward, and sometimes backward. Two steps forward, one back.

It’s time to accept science spiritually. We have bigger things to do.

Skepticism ≠ Cynicism

Apart from the moral philosophical context of skepticism and cynicism, the difference between skepticism and cynicism lies in belief. A skeptic seeks truth without the belief that one notion or the other is true; A cynic believes one notion over another, with truth being secondary.

S1:E6, Todd Whatley, The Elder Law Practice

H. Todd Whatley, The Elder Law Practice.

Estate-Planning-Graphic-copyThis episode is with Todd Whatley, one of only 500 certified elder law attorneys in the United States. This is one of the most interesting podcasts I’ve done so far, and the information Todd provides is very useful for all of us.
The term “elder” is a bit misleading. Regardless of your age or your income, you can start planning for protecting your assets and enjoying life. It doesn’t really matter if you are 30 or 80 years old, there are important lessons to be learned, regardless of the size of your estate.
Todd’s website is rich with information, his weekly radio show podcasts, and a link to the live broadcast of his show every Wednesday at 9am (Central) on KURM.
Make sure to stay past the movies and other non-topic stuff, because there is a story at the end.

Amazon Echo links:

Movies:

Vacations

Larry Elison Hawaii Island – Lania (in the podcast I mistakenly said Kaui)

S1:E5, Steve Nordyke

Steve Nordyke

Steve Nordyke

Steves Little Boat2

Steve’s Maverick 18′ Master Angler

Steve's Big Boat

Steve’s Bertram 30 Moppie

Steve is a Commercial Real Estate Asset Manager with Torchlight Investors in Miami. He lives on the water in beautiful downtown Fort Lauderdale, “The Venice of America”. He has a beautiful family, and is truly living the lifestyle he planned. We talk about Fort Lauderdale, the band Rush, movies, and music.

Steve’s home is on the New River, surrounded by all sorts of skiffs, boats, and yachts. For some reason, I was too busy thinking about the podcast to take but one picture:
Photo of New River in Fort Lauderdale, from Steve's patio where we recorded the podcast.

Photo of New River in Fort Lauderdale, from Steve’s patio where we recorded the podcast.

New River that runs through the heart of Fort Lauderdale.

A member of the band Better Than Ezra (Wikipedia; Amazon) was hanging out with Steve and Rush in Monroe, Louisiana.

Movies:

The Hunger, David Bowie & Susan Sarandon
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Music Streaming:

Food:

Mohawk Tavern, Monroe, LA
Pauls Meat Market – Andouille sausage, Fort Smith, AR

Boating in Maui:

T2_West Maui
Trilogy – great service!