Day with a Difference – 11-OCT-12

Quote of the day
“Sleep is the best meditation.” – Dalai Lama
Fact of the day – I’m having trouble sleeping lately. Does this increase my chances of getting sick?
Yes, lack of sleep can affect your immune system. Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick. During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you’re under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines. In addition, infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don’t get enough sleep. So, your body needs sleep to fight infectious diseases. Long-term lack of sleep also increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease. How much sleep do you need to bolster your immune system? The optimal amount of sleep for most adults is seven to eight hours of good sleep each night. Teenagers need nine to 10 hours of sleep. School-aged children may need 10 or more hours of sleep. But more sleep isn’t always better. For adults, sleeping more than nine to 10 hours a night may result in poor quality of sleep, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lack-of-sleep/AN02065

Joke of the day
The following excuses have been suggested if you get caught sleeping on the job:1. “They told me at the blood bank this might happen”

2. “This is just a 15-minute power nap like they raved about in that time-management course you sent me to.”

3. “Whew! I must have left the top off the liquid paper.”

4. “I wasn’t sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new paradigm!”

5. “This is in exchange for the six hours last night when I dreamed about work!”

6. “Just pacing myself for the all-nighter tonight!”

7. “Someone must have put decaf in the wrong pot.”

8. “Boy, that cold medicine I took last night just won’t wear off!”

9. “Ah, the unique and unpredictable circadian rhythms of the workaholic!”

10. “I’m sorry, I thought you (the boss) were gone for the day.”

11. “Oh, man! Come in at 6 in the morning and look what happens!”

12. “…and I especially thank you for my excellent boss, Amen!”

Have a great day!Regards,

Prasanna

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Day with a Difference – 11-OCT-12

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