When human evolution and technology collide, billions of us become experimental subjects. The results include new behaviors, new diseases, and new versions of old disorders. So prepare now for the future—the new world of electronic insomnia.
Health & Wellness
Perhaps it’s the effect of a crashed economy, soaring gas prices, upheaval in the Middle East, blown up nuclear reactors or Charlie Sheen, but people are waking up a lot these days in the middle of the night. Frequently they can’t fall back to sleep.
One way to control your weight is to see food as information: a series of messages given to the body. You want to give your body the right kinds of directions for the food you eat, directions that will change how you look and feel—and how much you weigh.
What we do is what we become. The Net is changing our brains and our bodies, and we better understand what shifts will occur. Then we can make the changes we want, and make them work for us.
Many people live their lives in a double mirror. One reflects their live on the Internet; the other reflects their real life. When they compare the two images, they realize they are not the same. Which image they become more attached to may prove key.
Part II: Body clocks affect everything you do. Ask shift workers—a group with higher cardiovascular mortality and higher cancer rates. The Internet is rapidly turning much of the population into biological shiftworkers—and they’re willingly going along.
Part I: As most of our bodies are replaced in a matter of days to weeks, what we do is what we become. How we live changes not just our gene expression but how we, look, think, and move; it also resets how we rebuild and renew ourselves.
In a world of increasing pharmaceutical prices, some drugs are cheap. One is light. Whether in the form of sunlight or artificial light, light can be used to treat a large variety of ills, including Alzheimer's disease.
Rest is healthy for people. We sleep for a reason. Rest allows us to revive and rebuild our tissues. Rest restores us. Napping can have many healthy results, depending on why you want to nap; time of day; and the nature of one’s work.
Daylight Savings Time happens like clockwork every year. The body clock change of merely one hour, compared with a six-hour flight to Europe, makes people feel uneasy, skittish, unhappy, unmotivated, and fatigued. How come?