Archive for the ‘60 Minutes’ Category

Fascinating show on The Science of Sleep

March 17, 2008

Yesterday the TV show 60 Minutes had a fascinating segment on the importance of sleep [1].  This statement particularly caught my attention:

“But you know I find it amazing to see how many people are asleep within five minutes of boarding an airplane at 11 o’clock in the morning. You know, sit down and boom. It shouldn’t happen. A normal adult shouldn’t be falling asleep at 11 o’clock in the morning, minutes after sitting in a small, uncomfortable airplane seat. It just shows that, you know, people are exhausted.”

Yikes!  I am one of those people who fall asleep in the plane.  Time to get more sleep I reckon.

[1] http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/03/14/60minutes/main3939721.shtml

Walk while you work! Work the body and mind simultaneously!

March 1, 2008

Every morning I spend an hour on my stationary bike.  I read as I pedal.  I get my best thinking during that time.  I am convinced that it is due to the movement of the blood throughout my body and brain.

A few years ago, on the TV program 60 Minutes, they featured a Mayo clinic doctor – Dr. James Levine – who rigged a treadmill with a keyboard and monitor.  He sets the treadmill to a very slow pace, 1 mile per hour, and walks while he works on his computer!  Recently he was productized this idea, into a product called a Walkstation.

When I have a lot of reading to do for work, I hop on my stationary bike for hours, sometimes up to 5 hours.  Unfortunately, that gives me a very sore read-end.  It’s time to buy a treadmill and rig it with my keyboard and monitor!