What Every Parent Needs to Know About Children and Sleep

Shhh… (Image by Tara Raye on Unsplash)

We are in the midst of a cultural shift in the way sleep is perceived. Not long ago, it was common to hear people brag about how little sleep they could get and still function. But with a continuous stream of new research being published about the importance of sleep for health, well-being, and performance, it is unsurprising that attitudes toward sleep are shifting. There is now a virtual tidal wave of content being published on the internet about how to optimize sleep, but there is one topic many people gloss over — children.

If a child is not sleeping well, neither are the parents

Any new mother can tell you…


Evolution explains so much about life, but can it explain aging and death?

Is there an evolutionary advantage to aging?

Natural selection is one of the main drivers of evolution. It is the process by which certain heritable traits of a species provide a survival or reproductive advantage to individuals because they are better suited to the environment. Such traits could include a larger brain, opposable thumbs or webbed feet depending on the species and environment. Aging, in this context, seems paradoxical. What is the advantage of a process of slow, gradual deterioration of the body leading to loss of function and eventually death? Biologists have wrestled with this question since the theory of evolution was proposed.

Alfred Russell Wallace…


Disagreement is the antidote for the potentially disastrous effects of conformity. It has the power to unleash creativity, innovation, and superior performance.

A NASA space shuttle prior to launch (Photo by Terence Burke on Unsplash)

Conformity can lead to disaster

Shortly after liftoff on its tenth mission, the space shuttle Challenger exploded, killing all seven crewmembers. Seventeen years later another shuttle, Columbia, exploded upon re-entry into earth’s atmosphere and again seven astronauts died. In both cases, engineers had raised concerns about the exact technical problems that would ultimately cause the disasters, and on both occasions, those concerns were ignored. …


The best way to make better decisions is to avoid biases and other costly mistakes

Choices, choices… (Photo by Javier Allegue Barros on Unsplash)

Although there appears to be no scientific support for the oft-quoted statistic that people make on average 35,000 conscious decisions per day, it’s clear that we are constantly making decisions. Some of those choices might seem mundane, like deciding what to have for breakfast, while others are defining moments that are life-shaping or career-making. Even seemingly inconsequential decisions can have an outsized impact over a long enough period if they become habitual. Think of the breakfast example: if a decision to eat sugary breakfast cereal turned into a lifelong habit, it might detriment health in the long run. Decisions don’t…

Phil von Heydebreck

I write learning-optimized nonfiction based on in-depth research. I dig deep to uncover the truth. Find more of my work at: trickle.app

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