How The News Actually Works; Today’s Breaking News Were Mostly Yesterday’s Happenings But Will Always Be Tomorrow’s Old News

The news can be a very strange kind of business to be writing about.  With the Internet and Online news media outlets, we get our news immediately and it is updated regularly.  In the not so far back past, the news worked a bit different.

What happened today will be breaking news in tomorrow mornings newspapers and broadcast news.  And by the next day, it will be old news.  You cannot print or broadcast something that did not happen yet, and you cannot predict the news.  You had to wait until it happened even if it is supposed to be a sure thing.

News that caught the eye in 2018:

31ST January 2018 – Oscars Race:  Only one movie stands out in the race for best film; “Phantom Thread” might not be chosen for best technical craft, abstract emotion or artistic merit, but purely for its political correctness.

02nd February 2018 – Russia offers tourists spacewalks.  The International Space Station has been in orbit around the world for 19 years.  Organised trips to the Space Station can reinvigorate space tourism.

02nd February 2018 – Two Helicopters crash in the South of France.  At least five people were killed when two military helicopters, belonging to a military flight training school, collided in mid-air.

03rd February 2018 – Abby, a dog that wandered off from her home 10 years ago, returned home, healthy, and well-fed.  She still comes when called on her name.

03rd February 2018 – Cape Town drought hurts tourism.  The dams supplying water to Cape Town are at their lowest capacity, some less than 20% capacity and the restrictions do not apply only to the residents.  Tourists are asked to shower less than two minutes and not to use baths.

The news includes anything that is news-worthy, anything that is the concern of citizens all over the world, sports and social events, accidents, earthquakes, tornados and droughts, and much more.

Not Sleeping Enough? How Do Sleep Influence Productivity?

Sleep is important for learning.  While sleeping your brain files and stores away everything you learned throughout the day.  All the information that you gathered from whatever source, are neatly packed away, making room for tomorrow’s new things.

Another way of looking at this is that your brain cleans itself while you sleep.  Filing and storing the information you had acquired, as well as cleaning away all the waste products that accumulate during the day.  Waste products can be things like metabolites and soluble proteins.

Your brain does the storing and cleaning only when you sleep.

Why Lack of Sleep has an Influence on Productivity:

  1. Difficult to Concentrate: You will find it more difficult to concentrate on the things you need to learn and accomplish when you did not get enough sleep.  This will slow your productivity levels and the speed in which you can finish a given task.
  2. Prone to making more Mistakes: When you do not feel on top of your game, you will find it more difficult to perform tasks that are normally no problem.  A sleepless night can increase the number of errors made in anything you do, whether it is sports or studying or concentrating on work projects.
  3. Easily Distracted: Tasks that require your attention will be affected; you might find yourself feeling sleepy or thinking of other things.  Your mind can be floating somewhere free, while you find yourself half asleep in front of whatever you are trying to accomplish.
  4. Getting Headaches: Studies showed that a lack of sleep can definitely trigger a headache and even be the trigger for migraines.  It is very difficult to stay productive and focused if you are suffering from a headache.

Sleeping enough can prove to be the easiest way to improve your productivity and performance during the day.  During sleep your brain files and stores away what you need and cleans off the waste.  Afterwards, it prepares itself for receiving new information in the morning.

Without these actions, only happening while you sleep, you might have to face the new day with a brain like a cluttered desk.  Everything is there but you cannot find it, you cannot remember where you put anything and it leaves you stressed out and even more exhausted.

How Famous People Used To Sleep

You need to sleep enough each night to be able to perform to your best ability during the day …….  Or, that is what we have been told multiple times.  And, for many people that is the real truth, but, for others, this regular type of sleep is not possible.

Some of the most famous, successful persons in history, had, or still has sleeping habits that are considered to be strange.

Famous people and their Sleeping Habits:

Leonardo Da Vinci; took 20-minute naps every four hours.

Thomas Edison; believed that sleep was a waste of time.  He slept as little as possible and followed a nap-orientated sleep cycle to try and make-up more waking time.

Sigmund Freud; experimented with self-medicating of large dosages of cocaine which led to only 6 hours of sleep at night.

Wolfgang Mozart; liked to keep on composing until 01:00 AM.  He would then sleep until 06:00 AM. and then start composing again.

Benjamin Franklin; promoted the early bird catches the worm sleeping concept.  His famous piece of advice was, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

Donald Trump; deliberately sleeps only 3 hours each night.  He believes to stay ahead of your competition you need to stay awake.

Margaret Thatcher; got by with only 4 hours of sleep each night.  This caused problems for her successor because people were used to having her available the whole time and he could not keep up.

There are people that get by with only 2 hours sleep at night.  Even though most people might need the “prescribed” norm of 6 to 9 hours of sleep each night, reports show that many people can get by on fewer hours of sleep.

Famous people throughout the years have shown us that.  However, when you get by on only a little sleep, you usually need a coping mechanism.  In many instances this coping mechanism is coffee.