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Do You Find It Hard to Turn Off the Light, Even When You Need the Sleep?

Because I’m working on Before and After, my new book about habit-formation, I constantly talk to people about their habits, and as I heard about people’s sleep habits, something puzzled me. For me, sleep is a self-reinforcing habit; I feel so much better when I get enough sleep that I find it fairly easy to respect my bedtime. Often, however, …


Want an Extra Hour in Your Day? Here’s a Painless Way to Get It.

To clear time to schedule a new morning habit, many people try waking up a bit earlier, but this can be tough for people who struggle to get out of bed. One trick? Use the autumn end to Daylight Saving Time as a painless way to add an extra hour to the morning. (Obviously this only works if you live …


“I Never Had So Much Content in All My Life, and So My Wife Says It Was with Her.”

“…and [I] still remember it that of all the nights that ever I slept in my life I never did pass a night with more epicurism of sleep; there being now and then a noise of people stirring that waked me, and then it was a very rainy night, and then I was a little weary, that what between waking …


Epiphany: It Takes a Lot of Energy To Decide To Go To Bed.

I can’t believe it took me so long to realize this. I’d always assumed that feeling tired would push me to go to bed. Makes sense, right? I’m tired, so I want to go to bed. Nope! It’s a Secret of Adulthood: Going to bed takes a real burst of psychic and physical energy. When I’m tired, I find it …


7 Ways To Be Happier at Home.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 7 ways to be happier at home. In my new one-minute video book trailer, I list “Ten ways to be happier at home.” Some of those suggestions are serious, and some are goofy (to my surprise, my suggestion regarding purple has turned out to be fairly controversial).  Here’s another list of ways to …