You CAN get up on the wrong side of the bed: Sleeping on left ‘makes you more cheerful and positive’ – Aha! Now that explains things! 🙂
“In addition, 31 per cent of ‘lefties’ love their job compared with just 18 per cent of ‘righties.’
However it is not all bad. Those who sleep on the right side of the bed tend to earn more than their left equivalents.
Claire Haigh spokeswoman for Premier Inn, who commissioned the research, said: ‘The research clearly indicates a pattern between which side of the bed you sleep on and the mood you wake up in.
‘Left sleepers are more cheerful, appear to enjoy life slightly more and have a more positive attitude to the day ahead than right sleepers.
‘It comes down to habit and what you’re used to. If you are used to sleeping on a certain side of the bed, it does feel a little alien when you switch.
‘So it seems the age old saying about getting out of bed on the wrong side is completely true.'”
And if what side you sleep on wasn’t fascinating enough, here’s an article by Scientific American that speculates the side we sleep on picks up cancer more quickly due to the metal bedsprings, “Left Sided Cancer? Blame Your Bed and TV.” I no longer sleep on a spring mattress (foam) and have never slept with a TV, but a recent CT scan did reveal I had tumors (most likely non-cancerous, though) and several other issues all on the side I sleep on.
What If Everybody Understood Child Development? – This article addresses educators in particular, but is pertinent to anyone around children or who has been a child. (Though perhaps it is those who were not permitted to develop as children who now have trouble understanding and empathizing?)
“When writing my Huffington Post piece on children and gun play, I found myself wondering what would happen if everyone understood child development. What changes would come about in education? How much healthier would children’s lives be if this unique period of their lives was fully understood?
Since then, here are a few of the things I’ve encountered:
- Another child, this time a 7-year-old, was suspended from school for biting his strawberry Pop Tart into the shape of a gun. (Really, people?)
- A mom responded to one of my tweets about project-based learning with a comment to the effect that she’d just objected to that “nonsense” in her son’s science class (perhaps the content area most suited to inquiry learning).
- A mom sent me an email pleading for help because her daughter, who has ADHD, is constantly having recess withheld because she forgets things.
- I read multiple stories of elementary-school children not allowed to talk during lunch.
- A mom told me she prefers that her child do computer art because it’s less messy than traditional art.
You might wonder why that last one is such a big deal. Well, anyone who understands child development knows that children learn and retain more when their senses are fully engaged. Manipulating a mouse and watching images transform on a screen can’t begin to compare to dipping a paintbrush – or both hands – into a pool of color and slathering it onto surfaces with textures ranging from smooth to course, absorbent to impermeable. Or to the satisfaction that comes from kneading and shaping malleable clay or Play Dough. Or to wrapping little fingers around a big, fat, promising crayon and immersing oneself in the self-expression only possible with seven shades of purple.”
While this article deals with childhood development in the elementary-age child, I find myself wondering the same thing about infant-age child development. This article, “Modern parenting may hinder brain development” has some connections to that subject, as does “The Power of Talking to Your Baby.”