Winter holidays are great. We get a chance to stay up late and sleep in for a few days. It’s decadent, a thoroughly guilty pleasure. The only problem with this kind of arrangement is that we enjoy our sleepfest too much. We indulge just long enough to get out of the habit of waking up when we normally would. Later, when we have to return to our workaday schedule, sloughing off slumber is all the more difficult. Alarm clocks help. Even so, a little bit of assistance in the form of a bedtime calculator is extremely prudent. Here are a few resources designed to help the most determined dozers disembark from a cruise through Dreamland:
Just for fun:
- The Center for Environmental Therapeutics is a site dedicated to research-based and safe ways to improve one’s mood, sleep, and energy. For example, the site provides information (in pdf format) about dawn simulators. Dawn simulators are devices designed to mimic a natural sunrise. They use incremental amounts of light to help people awaken during darker (think wee) hours of the morning.
- Though it won’t help anyone wake up, exploring digital archives of Little Nemo (a charming fictional character created by American cartoonist Winsor McCay) via the Comic Strip Library will certainly entertain. If diving into Little Nemo’s realm is fun, consider exploring the most recent incarnation of the saga by checking out IDW’s Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland.