Jun 142019

I’m not talking about my fasting regimen a lot, because I don’t want to be tedious. But I’ve realized an unexpected benefit from it that I want to share—better sleep.

I am on a 16-hour/8-hour program four days a week, during which I eat only between 11 am and 7 pm. But one day a week, I fast completely, taking in no calories at all. So I’ll eat dinner, say, Wednesday night, and won’t eat again until Friday morning. Typically this works out to be a 36-hour fast.

Initially I worried that I’d have trouble falling asleep hungry. Funny thing, though—not only am I not hungry at bedtime on my fast day, I actually fall asleep more easily and sleep more soundly.

(The Fitbit knows.)

In the following charts, the light blue lines indicate restless periods (basically moving around) and the pink lines indicate waking periods (getting up to pee). (I’ve removed the falling asleep and waking up periods at the beginning and end.)

Here is a typical chart from before I started any fasting:

Here is a typical chart for sleep the night of my all-day fast:

That’s a five-hour period of uninterrupted sleep. That is huge for me. And the charts on the nights that I haven’t fasted all day, but stopped eating at 7 pm, are improving, too.

I usually don’t call myself an insomniac because my deficit is typically small and manageable, but it has been over a decade since I slept reliably night after night. If that’s you too, you might look into fasting as part of your approach. It’s probably not as difficult as you think.

 Posted by at 9:47 am
Jun 122019

Facebook user Glenn Mitchell has captured video of what appears to be an alligator swimming near a Point Mallard walking trail.

And people have lost their minds.

This WAAY-TV article gets it right when it says:

Decatur Parks and Recreation said the gator probably came from the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, and there are likely more gators in the Tennessee River.

In 1979, 56 alligators were released in Wheeler to help expand the animal’s range. (“To eat beavers on the Arsenal” is a commonly-repeated, though inaccurate, reason for the action.) They’ve been here at least since then.

Taken at Ditto Landing! (Just kidding. Tennessee Aquarium.)

This causes me no consternation, nor should it you.

Look, alligators are like squirrels on the Alabama Gulf coast. They’re freakin’ everywhere. I can remember being 12 years old and riding my bicycle all over Gulf Shores and Gulf State Park with my cousin, and we never had a day on which we didn’t see one. Didn’t have to be particularly near water, either. We’d see them on the side of the road.

Gee, there aren’t exactly a lot of reports of alligator carnage coming out of Baldwin County, are there?

Guess what else? There have only been 21 fatal alligator attacks in the United States in the 21st century. It’s a much greater risk of your life, by several orders of magnitude, to drive to the walking trail.

Alligators aren’t going to come after you. The greatest danger they present is in people accidentally getting close to them when they are camouflaged, and even that, mathematically, is a small concern. Moreover, the precautions you would take to avoid such are things you should be doing anyway.

Keep your freak-out powder dry, dudes and dolls. This isn’t worth any of it.

 Posted by at 9:23 am
Apr 292019

According to a recent report that surveyed 1,200 full-time employees, 48% have cried at work. I cry rather easily. I can get teary when I am moved at church. I have to be careful when I present on human trafficking, because I am so passionate about that cause. I cry at movies. I cry talking […]

 Posted by at 3:28 pm
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