Incase you hadn't realised, this week is allllllll about sleep! We're currently half way through Sleep Awareness Week and I'm still continuing to learn more and more about sleep (which also happens to be one of my favourite things in the world)! Today, I've done my research and I'm sharing these 20 interesting facts about sleep that you (probably) didnt already know.
1. Dysania is the state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning.
2. The mammal that needs the most sleep is Koalas, sleeping between 20-22 hours a day.
3. You burn more calories watching TV than sleeping.
4. The extra hour of sleep received when clocks are put back at the start of daylight in Canada has found to coincide with a fall in the number of road accidents.
5. A snail can sleep for three years.
6. The scientific record for the longest period of time a human has intentionally gone without sleep is 11 days and 24 minutes (1964).
7. It’s impossible to sneeze while sleeping.
8. Parents of new born babies lose about 6 months worth of sleep in the first 2 years of their child’s life.
9. An Albatross can sleep while it flies.
10. Dreaming is normal. People who do not dream usually have personality disorders.
11. In Santa Ana, California, it is illegal to let a horse sleep in a bakery.
12. Sleeping directly after learning something new will improve your ability to remember it effectively.
13. Studies show that women may need up to an hour of extra sleep than men, this could explain why women are more susceptible to depression than men.
14. Humans spend a third of their lives sleeping – or approx. 25 years.
15. Only one half of a dolphin’s brain goes to sleep while the other half allows it to surface for air.
16. Cats sleep for 70% of their lives.
17. In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to sleep on a refrigerator, but only outside.
18. Sea Otters hold hands while they sleep so they don’t drift away from each other.
19. After being awake for 17 continuous hours, your performance decreases to the same effect of having a 0.05% blood alcohol reading.
20. You would die from sleep deprivation before food-deprivation.
I’m sure I’m not alone in the fact that getting out of bed in the morning is the worst part of the day. Waking up to the horrible screaming sounds of my alarm clock five days a week so I can get to work on time…ergh. What if going to work actually meant going back to sleep? I know, I know, you’re probably thinking what’s the catch. Such a job in fact does exist. There are real people out in the world who are getting paid to sleep. What could be better?
In 2006, the world discovered the best job in the world. Introducing Mr Munnelly, the Director of Sleep for Travelodge (Seriously, is that a real job title?). He was employed to test out the 25,000 beds of Travelodge, checking all different aspects of comfort before it could be approved. I’m speechless.
In 2009, the New Museum in NYC put out an ad looking for women aged between 18-40 to be part of a new exhibit by artist Chu Yun. They would be required to take sleeping pills and sleep on a bed in the middle of the museum between midday and 6pm and be paid $10 an hour.
Also in 2009 (must have been a good year for sleeping), an English student was paid to sleep and was offered one thousand pounds to test luxury beds under a range of conditions and then to write a blog about it. Yes, this isn’t a joke. Simon Horn Ltd. (luxury bed specialists) originally supplied the Savoy Hotel with their beds! They wanted to find out what brings a good night’s sleep, and in doing so, the student was to go to sleep under different conditions such as varying temperature and light as well as going to bed after consuming caffeine and alcohol. I do that anyway, and no one's paying me! Clearly in the wrong line of work.
Wutang NASA Sleep Study
And for the final act…this time last year NASA was offering up $18,000 for people to lie in bed. Ok, so I made that sound like the easiest thing in the world, right? However, the study actually requires participants to lie in a horizontal position in bed for seventy days. That’s a whole lot of nothing. The only time in which they would get up is for testing. The study was done in order to research “the effects of prolonged exposure to microgravity…in an ongoing effort to improve the conditions for astronauts working in a weightless environment”. Participants are allowed television, internet and even to work if they are able to do so remotely. Still, I love my sleep, but seventy days? Sheesh.
Today is the beginning of Sleep Awareness Week! Who doesn't love sleep? So we've decided to celebrate by celebrating sleep...all week. Stay tuned each day this week for a new and hopefully interesting topic about sleep! First up, we've got some absolutely adorable and funny animals who clearly just don't know how to sleep.
If you have any themes that you would like me to write about, send them through in the comments below!
Many university students work through their degrees; some to completely support themselves, others to earn a little extra cash on the side. Whatever the reason may be, there is a delicate balance that comes with the act of juggling a university degree with a part time job.
Write yourself up a calendar of important dates to keep yourself on track. When are your assignments due? When are your exams on? When is your best friends 21st party?
This way you can plan ahead to make sure you don’t get caught out. Plus, being able to cross assignments off the list is possibly one of the most satisfying feelings on this planet.
When it comes to choosing a job, make sure you can be flexible with your hours. This will make it simplier to organise your shifts around class times and make it much simpler when it comes to the dreaded exam periods. The most popular & flexible part time jobs for students would have to be in either hospitality or retail.
Making a plan is all well and good, but sticking to it a whole other thing. Set yourself realistic goals for each week and treat yourself when you achieve them.
Take your readings on the train, work on your assignments during your break. If you use your time efficiently, then you can use more of your time outside of work on things you actually enjoy (unless you enjoying studying, then carry on).
You don’t want to finish your degree and realise that you spent the best years of your life going from work to uni, or uni to work. Make sure you attend some parties, go to coffee with friends and spend time enjoying a little ‘me time’. It is possible.
Have any more tips? Let us know by commenting below!
Apple seems to be having a bad day. Firstly they’ve had issues in releasing their new software update and now…well, it seems their new iPhones are bending. And no, this isn’t a cool feature of the latest Apple product. So what’s the big deal?
Let’s break this down for a second. Why is everybody so shocked? At a record 7.1 mm thick and with a huge 5.5-inch screen, the new iPhone 6 Plus is the largest and thinnest phone that has ever been produced by Apple. It also happens to be made mostly out of aluminum. So yes, if you put enough pressure on it, it will bend. Guess what else is made out of aluminum? Drink cans. You don’t see people getting up on their high horses complaining that they’ve been ripped off when they bend their cans up into a ball. But then again, a can of drink doesn’t cost quite as much as an iPhone 6 Plus.
Dale, who has recently bought an iPhone 6 Plus says:
“I haven’t had any issues with my phone yet and I’m not too worried about this bending situation as I know that Apple has outstanding customer service and will replace my phone if I have any issues, which is the main reason why I buy with Apple”.
I’ve spoken with Estely who was considering buying the iPhone 6, what she thinks now?
“I want to upgrade my iPhone 4 soon and was waiting for the iPhone 6 to be released to be able to compare it with the Samsung 5S. The only thing that was making me stay with Apple was the size! But if these rumours are true, I’ll have to re-think what I’m going to do, or at least wait for Apple to release a statement.”
Watch the bend test for yourself!
Apple customers do have a right to be annoyed. Although the phone may be a bit bendy, the other features including the screen and battery have not been made to be flexible. Unlike other flex phones including Samsung and LG’s phones which have been specifically designed to get bendy.
Apple has so far yet to make comment on the latest discoveries of the iPhone 6 Plus. Some companies, however, are choosing to take full advantage of this potential marketing opportunity. Well done, Kit Kat, well done.
And, well, competition also decided to cash in on some potential new customers. Very sneaky.
What do you think about the bending saga? Comment below to have your opinion heard!
The warmer months of Sydney are creeping closer, and we all know what that means. Bikinis. Board shorts. Surf boards. Sand. Beach. And if you’re anything like me, you absolute dread heading to the over-crowded beaches of Sydney on a beautiful Saturday morning.
Here’s my alternative. There are countless (well, they can probably be counted) beautiful beaches in Sydney that aren’t full of tourists and screaming children. They are the little hidden gems of this city that are yet to be overtaken by the masses. You’re welcome.
In the Botany Bay area and right next to La Perouse, this beach is a little more popular due to it’s easy accessibility to the road.
Nielsen Park in the eastern suburbs is one of my favourite places in Sydney, and it just so happens to come with a beautiful beach. Surrounding by netting, Shark Beach is a beautiful spot for a swim and a picnic.
Located in Mosman, Chinamans Beach is a local favourite. No waves, no worries.
Located behind a large golf course, this gem is tucked away just near Botany Bay.
Located directly opposite Manly beach, Reef Beach is hidden away in Balgowlah Heights.
Resolute Beach lies within Ku-ring-gai-Chase National Park and needs to be entered via a walking track (or you can pay for vehicle entry to the National Park). You won’t find many people here, that’s for sure.
The perfect spot for an incredible view, Milk Beach is located next to Hermit Bay in Vaucluse.
It’s a fact of life; everyone hates their commute to work. But if you thought you had it tough, I’ve got news for you.
Ever heard of Sao Paulo? Cause it’s one of the largest cities in the world. Tucked away in Brazil, it has a population of over 11 million people. 11 million people. Did you hear me? That’s about half the total population of Australia! I know it sounds a bit like I’m writing an essay for my year seven history class, but isn’t that incredible?
With a population like that, you could expect to have a few traffic jams on the way to work. Of course, that’s logical. Wrong. According to local traffic engineers, the average traffic jam on a Friday evening in Sao Paulo is 180 km! On a bad day, the traffic can bank up to 295 km long.
Two hundred and ninety give kilometers long. Are you guys seeing this?
Because I don’t know about you, but I walk to work. I could get the bus, but sitting in traffic is definitely on my list of things I hate. Sitting in 295km of traffic? Let’s put this into perspective. 295km is longer than the distance between Sydney and Canberra, it is longer than the distance from the bottom to the top of Tasmania and longer than the width of Scotland. It would be like taking an awesome road trip…twice a day.
Yes, Sao Paulo has some of the world’s worst traffic – but not the worst. This isn’t even the be all and end all; this is just up there with the others like Mexico City and Lagos.
Think about that the next time you’re complaining about your hour commute to work.
Photo found here.
There are countless reasons why your resume will be rejected. The trick is to not take it personally because seriously, it’s not always about you. There are certain steps you should take to make sure your resume is the best it can be, but once it’s sent, it’s out of your hands.
You have to realise that employers need to sort through piles of applicants to find the right one and if there is the slightest reason to put yours in the bin pile, then that’s where it will end up.
I’ve made it clear in some of my past blog posts that having spelling errors on your resume & your cover letter is a huge mistake. I know for many people this may seem obvious, however, it’s a problem that seems to occur more often than not.
I was having lunch on the weekend with a friend of mine who is a primary school teacher. She was telling me about how she was handed an application for a casual teaching position they had going where the applicant had actually written ‘teeching’ rather than ‘teaching’. We laughed and she added, “Anyway, it went straight to the bin”. If you don’t want your CV to end up there too, then start proof reading.
Quality over quantity, people! It was just last week that OneShift received a resume in the mail that was eight pages long. The italics are meant to stress the ridiculousness of the situation. Keep it short, keep it sweet (i.e. relevant). No one wants to read your life story.
Imagine you have hundreds of resumes to sort through. It’s almost impossible to read them all, so you sort through them by other means. In other words, if your formatting is dull and boring, it might not even get a second glance.
If you need a little more advice about what to avoid, have a read of this: 10 Cringe Worthy Things To Put On Your Resume.
It’s a fact that if employers want to know more about you, they will take to social media. They will sift through your photos to discover what you’re really like. If they don’t like what they find…well, you know.
You can change your security settings or you can make your profiles a little more presentable, whatever it is, be aware of the image you are presenting to the online world.
The most honest reason why your resume got rejected? No one even looked at it. Sometimes the most important aspect of applying for a job is timing. If you don’t get that right, you won’t get the chance. Try not to take it personally.
iPhones suck! Well, that’s how most Android users have reacted to the announcement of the new iPhone 6 last week. The new release has not been up to the huge expectations of many people worldwide, disappointing many Apple customers. Sapphire screen? 20MP camera? 3D display? We can only hope to see these features in the next generations of iPhones.
Be that as it may, when the pre-orders opened at 5PM on 12th September 2014, all mobile broadband services sites such as Telstra, Vodafone, and Optus were down. Their websites were not strong enough for the enthusiasm of Australians who wanted to get their iPhones as soon as they could. On top of this, the Australian online Apple Store was also unstable during that time. This left many users extremely frustrated in the process of getting the latest phone, designed in California.
It took less than an hour to make the iPhone 6+, which was supposed to be delivered to your door on the first day of release and to be delivered in 3-4 weeks. It is amazing that the iPhone 6 sold 4 million units in the first day of release, although a plethora of people claimed that it was below their expectation. There are hundreds of people throughout the world queuing in front of Apple stores to get the iPhone on the release days. This alone makes you wonder if the iPhone 6 really is the most technological iPhone ever.
The answer is…no.
There is no shortage of reasons why Apple is still winning in Australia. Head and shoulders above all others are Apple manufactured phones that are best for the majority of people. However, not everyone wants to install customised software on their phone, see the file system, and modify the operating system. Advanced users will stay away from this phone and leave it at the hands of the general population. Another reason why Apple may be so popular is to do with their awesome customer service. Phones/products with defects will be replaced / fixed immediately with no hassle. That is the kind of customer services that make it worth to pay extra for an iPhone.
When all is said and done, there are both merits and shortcomings to every decision we make both as individuals and as society. And the same can be said for the case between Apple & Android.
If you can answer yes to any of those questions then I have great news for you! OneShift has teamed up with General Assembly to host an awesome event tomorrow night (Friday, September 19th) in Melbourne…especially for you!
NB: If you answered 'No' to all the questions, you can still come along for a little inspiration & a free beer!
Turn What You Love Into What You Do: there will be some inspiring guest speakers including our very own Gen George who are there to inspire you to turn what you love into what you do. After the short talks, you can stick around for a chat and some drinks (you know, cause they’re free).
How good is that?! Quality speakers, amazing advice & drinks…all for free!
Where’s the catch? There isn’t one. So come along!
GA Level 1, 20 Queen Street,
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Friday, 19 September
6:00 - 7:30pm