The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Readjusting Sleep Edition

During the summer, Sarah and I tend to stay up until 11 or so, then sleep in until 7:30 or 8 AM (usually when the children wake us up).

During the rest of the year, most of the family has to get up early for school or work, requiring alarms at 6:15 AM (or so).

The problem is that for the first month or so, I don’t adjust my evening bedtime. I’ll stay up until 11, go into bed, probably not fall asleep until 11:30 or midnight, then I’m awakened by alarms at 6:15. Add on top of that the nights when children wake up with a bad dream or something similar and you can start to guess what happens.

Eventually, I hit a wall. I spend a few days really tired, then I start going to sleep at the more rational time of 9:30 PM (or so).

It’s now time for that adjustment. Yawn.

The alternative to failure It is never better to do nothing. The biggest failure we can have as people is to simply do nothing and/or to fall into the trap of ridiculing those who actually are trying to do something. (@ seth godin)

This Time, It’s Different That statement is a crutch that people use to allow themselves to ignore the mountains of valuable lessons that the past can teach us. It’s almost never different this time. (@ chris guillebeau)

The Buffett Rule: Tax for Millionaires The more I study the issue of taxes, the more convinced I am that we need to move to a sales tax model with a rebate for all Americans. (@ consumerism commentary)

Why You Shouldn’t Care About the U.S. Government’s Debt Problems He offers some interesting reasons, but my reason is mostly that you shouldn’t waste your energy on the things you can’t control. Instead, focus on what you can control. (@ the dividend guy)

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