Tuesday, December 04

The Debunker: Does Warm Milk Really Put You to Sleep?

by Ken Jennings

Dispelling all the misinformation in the world is a tough job when you’re up against the biggest liars of all: everyone’s parents. Let’s face it, Mom and Dad mean well, but parenting is a tough gig. In his new book Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids, Ken Jennings takes on generations of dubious parental wisdom on the dangers of gum-swallowing, knuckle-popping, post-meal swimming, and all the rest. And this month on Woot, Ken will be debunking four bonus parenting myths not found in his book. As we’ll see, Mother and Father don’t always know best.

Parental Myth #1: Drink Some Warm Milk Before Bed!

A glass of warm milk is an age-old folk remedy for insomnia. Mom’s bedtime advice got a nutritional boost in the 20th century when science discovered that milk is a good source for something called tryptophan, an amino acid sometimes prescribed as a sleep aid because the brain converts it into the sleep-regulating neurotransmitter melatonin.

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Thursday, July 19

Sean University: Read Em and Sleep!

by Sean Adams

What does it mean when your phone won’t turn on? It means you forgot to charge it and it ran out of battery power. Well, guess what? People are a lot like phones; they also need to be charged in order to work properly. But people and phones also have their differences too. For example, you can’t just plug people in to give them more energy (yet). Instead, they need sleep to recharge.

Also, when people are tired, the repercussions can be way more serious than when phones are tired. An over-tired phone just turns itself off. An over-tired person, on the other hand, forgets to turn stuff off, like the burner under the tea kettle, except he doesn’t have a tea kettle and what he thought was the burner is actually just a lamp, and so now, everyone at the tea party is going to be disappointed, or they would be if he remembered to invite them over. Also, how long has he been in in this tub and why didn’t he take off his hiking boots?

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