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“NIGHT OWL”

I am “coming out of the closet” to reveal a much misunderstood genetic trait.

It’s time for all “night owls” to do the same.  We live in a world where our biological clock is not in sync with the rest of society and, we need all the support we can get.

As far back as I can remember, I always wondered why I was different.  Why I couldn’t go to sleep when the rest of the family did.  Oh, I would go to bed but not to sleep.  As a child, when the rest of the household was sound asleep, I was wide awake, basking in the stillness of the night.  This was MY time, when no one could interrupt my thoughts and my mind could take flight into the dreams of the future.

The abruptness of reality returned all too soon as each of my three siblings took turns trying to wake me as they left for the school day.  I would hear the first call, return to sleep and, only when I knew it was the last call would I get up.  It’s amazing, how, in a state of semi-consciousness, I managed to get myself dressed and to school on time.

I have tried all kinds of well meaning advice from friends to change this nocturnal schedule.   “Early to bed – Early to Rise” did not make me healthy, wealthy or wise.  It made me tired!

Although many years have since passed when I had no choice but to do with less sleep (marriage, children and work), I am still on the same biological clock and, still out of sync with the rest of society.  The big difference now is I don’t have to get up to take care of anyone.  I can sleep as late as I want.  Although my friends and family are accepting, I know they don’t fully understand.

Nothing can change my “inner clock”.  It is set on “permanent” and does not have an alarm that goes off just because I have to get up early.  It is part of my total makeup.  I cannot change this genetic trait any more than a person could change brown eyes to blue by wishing it so.

There is  a “medical” term for this.  It is called “circadian rhythm ”.   It explains this as an inability to fall asleep at a desired, “conventional” clock time and awaken at a “socially acceptable” morning time.

‘When allowed to choose their preferred sleep schedule”, people exhibit sleep of normal quality and duration for their age and maintain a stable but delayed “relationship of entertainment” to the 24 hour, sleep-wake patterns.  The “circadian clock” is not in phase with, and cannot be “entrained” to, the 24 hour light-dark cycle.

Recommended Posts on Reader – BahHumbug!

I just renewed my account and am back to WordPress.  I haven’t posted for a couple months and have not read the “Reader” either.

When I clicked on the Reader today, to my dismay, I found as many “Recommended Posts”  as there are of posts I follow.  I am so disgusted!  They are endless and no way to get rid of them.  Why am I paying for my posts when WP advertises other posts on the Reader?  Shame on WorldPress!

 

 

DOJ Bestows ‘Early Christmas Present’ to Financial Giant Deutsche Bank

German lender Deutsche Bank “got off easy” on Friday, having reached a $7.2 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over sales of mortgage-backed securities that fueled the financial crisis.

Source: DOJ Bestows ‘Early Christmas Present’ to Financial Giant Deutsche Bank

Fake News and the New McCarthyism

One of the most potent worries about the coming Trump presidency is concern about free speech. Trump’s willingness to tolerate or even encourage violence against nonviolent critics of his agenda and personnel choices is alarming. The Washington Post recently carried a chilling cautionary tale about the fate of a young woman who challenged Trump’s record on women’s issues. Parallels with banana republic dictators tacitly encouraging or at least tolerating paramilitary forces seem not far- fetched.

Source: Fake News and the New McCarthyism

In Time for Christmas: A Social Security Plan Only Scrooge Could Love

Donald Trump ran a campaign that rejected Republican orthodoxy on a variety of issues. He consistently and emphatically rejected the party line on slashing social insurance programs like Medicare and Social Security. And yet, Congressional Republicans are ploughing ahead with plans to gut these benefits.

Source: In Time for Christmas: A Social Security Plan Only Scrooge Could Love