Waking Up From Sleep; Feeling Fresh or More Tired?

*This article has been published in unitybond.com and is republished here after the site has been shut down.

There are times when even after having enough sleep hour, you still feel like you are not ready for the day. You hit the snooze button to give your body what you call as ‘extra minutes’. But do these ‘extra minutes’ can really give your body the extra minutes it needs and kick the sleepiness away?

When we doze off, there are five distinct stages that the body cycles through over roughly ninety-minute periods. The first is so light that if you wake up from it, you might not realize that you have been sleeping. The second is a stage where you will know you have been sleeping when you wake up. This second stage is just before our body falls into a deep sleep and our brains are practically unconscious.

Stages three and four are considered deep sleep. Stage four is the deepest form of sleep and is a stage when you want nothing else but to go back to sleep so badly. The final stage is rapid eye movement (REM) sleep in which most dreams occur and the brain is as active as it is when it is awake.

So what happens when our alarm clock rings out loud and interrupt with our sleep cycle?

When the alarm goes off in the morning, the sleep cycle is usually reaching its final 20% of the cycle in which will cause slight fatigue because your sleep cycle is yet to complete to feel fully recharged. But when you hit the snooze button and try to give your body few extra minutes of sleep, the body starts its whole sleep cycle again and it can probably go back into the deep sleep mode. When the alarm goes off again, the body is interrupted at Stage 3; deep sleep stage – and therefore causes us to be feel even more sleepy and tired.

The following video explains a little bit more of this:

So what is the lesson learned? DO NOT hit your snooze button when you are waking up in the morning. Frankly speaking, I did try this and guess what? Yes it does actually make some difference. Waking up at the first instance gives a little more energy as compared to when I give my body some extra time to make love with the bed.

Give it a try!

 

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“One Should Learn to Be Alone”

A legendary Russian filmmaker and writer once was asked what would he tell the youngsters and he said,

I don’t know… I think I’d like to say only that they should learn to be alone and try to spend as much time as possible by themselves. I think one of the faults of young people today is that they try to come together around events that are noisy, almost aggressive at times. This desire to be together in order to not feel alone is an unfortunate symptom, in my opinion. Every person needs to learn from childhood how to be spend time with oneself. That doesn’t mean he should be lonely, but that he shouldn’t grow bored with himself because people who grow bored in their own company seem to me in danger, from a self-esteem point of view.

-brain pickings

Being alone does not necessarily mean you are no one to everyone else. It is one way of valuing yourself; do you hurt someone by your words? Do you actually value people as much as they deserve it? Do you intentionally let an opportunity slips away because you want to stay in your comfort zone?

If you cannot even go out for your lunch alone, what that makes of you?

I spend quite some time being alone. There are a lot of things going in the mind in which some of them can sometimes give my the Collywobbles. But it is good in certain ways. It is more or less like self-reflection.

There is one specific time when men like to be alone though; when doing handjob.

The point is, learn to be alone. I believe that everyone is for himself. I might not live long enough to be qualified to preach you but I have gone through many experiences to believe that. At least I choose to believe something. Do you?

Twenty twelve and some stories

7 days to the doomsday. Who gives an F? The Mayans? You? Not me, certainly.

So, as typical as any blogger in any nook at any part of the world, I typed myself a closing note for the year. So it would later be a good reminder to future-me how cocky I was when I was already 21, or how thoughtful I was when I aged 21. Or if the Mayans were true, I wouldn’t even have a tiny chance to be reading this again in the future.

I had a wheel-like life. Everyone does, anyway. I am more than certain that I hadn’t typed the same thing in the previous years. But let say I had had this same thing in any of my long-deceased blogs, heck. Just pretend that I hadn’t, would you? Okay? Okay.

The year 2012 spelled me bad. I was gone from bad to worse in financial management. Okay next.

I have a best friend. We met when we were classmate in 2005. The best of the best, no kidding. Someone who I value more than a pirated app. This sounds shitty and childish. I don’t give a cent. Making the introduction short, she was the one who made me realized how important it was to support originality. And other people’s hard work. So I worked my wallet out to buy albums, and bought apps for my phones and laptop. Heck. They deserve our money more than the pirates, you bloody cute asses. I started spending on apps when I started to use iPod Touch somewhere in November last year but became 100% committed 3 months later.

I was introduced to open source thingy when I took C Programming course back in 2010. It was the first time I heard of Ubuntu, Linux et al. So I dug more and more open source software. I tried hard to opt for open source software or else, I’ll just…. Well, pay for premium stuff. I might make myself sound like a bloody fool to anyone whom on the same ship as the pirates but it is a great pleasure to have this feeling; I am giving my money to the right devs.

Christians or not, Jews or not, Muslim or not, I don’t judge. An effort is still an effort. An investment is still an investment. And an appreciation still remains as an appreciation. Write yourself  a hang-self-to-death note if you believe a Christian dev doesn’t deserve your money like a Muslim dev does.

It has been months since I bought myself physical novels. Because I thought I can survive on ebooks. Lasted not more than 3 months. I have quite a number of ebooks left unread to date. I thought I need to start going to bookstores. But I’m broke. So I ended up not going, and left with those unread ebooks on the virtual bookshelf. And another two reasons; can’t go out and no nearby bookstores – added to my “show cause letter” why I didn’t buy myself any book.

If there is anything left unsaid, that would be how fail I am in leadership. Big time sucker. I didn’t have much to be proud of during my reign in that little student society. I proved myself that talking is easier than doing. Would that count as an unlocked achievement?

I quoted this from an article at Brainpickings.org,

man and his thoughts about himself, are nothing more than a movable, changeable alphabet

Well, here is my words of wisdom to pair with the above quote,

woman and her thoughts about herself, are nothing more than backspace-able typed words on a keyboard

I am a man. And will always be. I carry balls ever since I was born. And I will, until I am dead.

AND HELL! FOOTBALL MANAGER 2013 IS SO DAMN TOUGH.

My Pick For 2012’s Albums

*This article has been published in unitybond.com and is republished here after the site has been shut down.

I’m neither good at describing how music sound nor how awesome an album is with words. But I tried my best to present you my list of 2012’s worthy albums. I have a lot in my mind. And I think I would give the underrated and debut albums a chance to be mentioned here. I will still list a few other albums from well-established artists because they deserve the mention.

1. Coexist – The xx

It came to an absolute shock when this album was not listed in NME’s top 10 albums of the year. Tracks from this album was also none to be seen in Spotify’s top 20 songs streamed.

Coexist is the second album to be produced by this trio. To no surprise, they still carry the same tempo as in their self-titled debut album 2 years ago, with a huge difference in music arrangement. The duo vocal interplay fits the music arrangement very well and it’s much obvious when you hook on to your headphone with a quite surrounding. They play with minimal instruments and listening to them in a crowded place will not get you to the album’s best delivery. My highest rated track for this album is Chained. It’s beyond awesome. I like how the beats come into the song.

2. Suicide Pact – JJAMZ

We tasted fame, we made our fortune
It was stripped away, now memories long past
Then you were tamed and I was tortured

An indie pop band that consists of 4 individuals from 4 different bands with an additional member. Suicide Pact is their debut album and was launched somewhere in July. Their songs are not only love-based but more to life-oriented. One or two tracks might sound pretty familiar to other indie pop songs but the lyrics are something worth to give attention on. Recommended track from this album would be Suicide Pact itself.

3. Gold Motel – Gold Motel

My list will not be complete without Gold Motel. Second album came out after a successful debut album, Summer House. A great album for an easy-going environment. Make sure you have it on your playlist when you are out to the beach. Your day would be better with this easy-listening album.

4. Vital – Anberlin

To be honest, Vital is the first album of Anberlin that I listen to. Anberlin is a well-established rock band since 2002. I listened to their 2007, 2008 and 2010’s abums right after I finished listening this album and I would say this album will not be a disappointment.

5. Make It Right – Abel

A rock band that has not received much spotlight through their debut album, Make It Right. An album that gets you on the fragility of life and love. From the opener of the album; I’ll Be Alright – till the last track; Comfort and Truth – each track sounds pretty related to each other.

6. Hello, My Name Is… – Bridgit Mendler

I guess no introduction needed for Bridgit Mendler. She has always impressed me with her outstanding vocal. She is absolutely amazing even on live performance. Get her best voice with a bright vocal on her acoustic videos in Youtube. And this debut album is a must-have.

7. Esc – Clara C

I guess she first made her appearance on Youtube before moving on to produce two albums. Another Asian who has successfully cemented her name in the US market. Catchy songs accompanied by acoustic guitar performed by herself.

8. Red – Dia Frampton

If you like Kimbra, Bridgit Mindler, Birdy or Duffy, then you must listen to this pop artist. Don’t Kick The Chair, Love Can Come From Anywhere and Stairway To The Stars are my three recommendation if you are up to a pre-listen on Dia Frampton. Why three? Because giving two is too mainstream.

9. Night Visions – Imagine Dragons

My most awaited album of the year. And it is absolutely worth the wait. I can at least have something to cure my disappointment with Muse’s The 2nd Law album. They have a bright future ahead. Album’s reviews on iTunes Music are outstanding with positive reception everywhere to prove how successful this album is.

10. Picture Show – Neon Trees

A successor of Habits album. Never listen to them? Head to Picture Show’s Everybody Talks or Habit’s Animal. Two songs that can describe them best in my opinion. A good album with a good value.

Still want a few other albums that worth your money? Hmm… Let’s see. Matchbox Twenty’s North is a must. Keane’s Strangeland is also a must because I rate this album to be their second best album after Hopes & Fears. Among other albums that worth my money go to Walk The Moon self-titled album and Gossamer from Passion Pit. Well, The Information Retrieved from rock band Pinback, Yuna self-titled album apart from Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange and The Weeknd’s Trilogy also deserve a mention here.

Ouh bad bad me. Apologize me for giving you a heck of list. They at least deserve a recognition from an unknown little Asian, don’t you think so? So enjoy your listening and hopefully they can suit your music taste!

Disclaimer: I have no right over all album covers/official music videos used in this article.

Ten-Eleven-Twelve

And so I’ve started to write at a Malaysian-based globally recognized opinionated site, Unity Bond. Whether you give a damn or not, I don’t even give a damn. But I do give a damn to myself because it has been a very long time since I last wrote seriously. One year? Two years? Welcome back, self.

I have one more commitment to concentrate on. Since the site is not comment-able, I welcome any feedback be it at Twitter or here in my blog.

1 and a half months to go before the year 2012 ends. And I’m short of $10 iTunes credit to complete my 2012 albums collection.

1 and a half months to go before the year 2012 ends. And I’m short of RMxxx to complete my never ending wishlist. God knows why.

Up next in the upcoming post, some reviews introduction to a few underrated newly self-discovered artists who deserve at least a recognition from an Asian who they don’t even know do exist on this small planet called the Earth. Don’t worry. The Mayans were wrong. The world isn’t coming to the end this December. They postponed the date to 2014, remember? So take a breath and say “Yes! I still have time and 2013 budget to spend on these artists!”

What Makes You Right?

*This article has been published in unitybond.com and is republished here after the site has been shut down.

There are always things that we hope we have never done and there are always things that we hope we have done previously. While the former sounds more like we are expressing regret, the latter gives a little bit positive insight, in hoping to make things better than they are now.

Listen to the olders because they have more experiences than you have.

While this saying is true in some aspects, it’s also a bit inadvertent. Money doesn’t totally make you rich (because you can also be considered rich if you have vast knowledge but little money) and experiences themselves don’t make you totally right. What lessons had they learned through the experiences that they had gone through? What are the values do they take to make them right at the end?

You went through an experience of making a wrong decision, which has probably led to the worst moment of your life. From there, what did you do to turn things around instead of just saying “how I wish I have never done that!” ? Are you now rich by experience and at the end did nothing to turn a new leaf in your life? How does that make you right? If you think you are now richer by one experience, yes you are right but if you think you are right because you did right (by doing nothing to change towards betterment), then you are wrong. You have done nothing!

What if, you do regret your decision in the past and you consequently make your mind to let bygone be bygone and march forward to the new chapter of your life? You’re not only richer by experience but you are also now one step behind of proving that you are right. You are right because you make your mind to leave the bad behind, take the first step towards betterment and hope for a bright positive future that will leave a smile on your face.

And there you go. Say you made changes towards yourself, you have been positive-minded all the way from the bottom of the wheel to right at the top. Ahah! You can now be proud of yourself because now you are right! You are right in making the decision to make changes for a better life. You are right in taking steps to be where you are now. You are also right because you turn things that have made you regret in the past into a booster to move on and change things accordingly.

I wouldn’t deny that to move on takes a lot of efforts. Everything needs efforts. If you are keen to prove that there are a lot of things that you wish you have never done, then start working to prove that you have never wanted to. Or else, words are just words, and things will stay the way you have set them to be ‘unintentionally’.