January 15, 2019

"Just another couple of minutes": a typical workday morning

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It’s Mondays, students: and everyone silenced the ring of the alarm, this morning!
Read this article from The New Yorker and practice your English.


On a typical workday morning, if you’re like most people, you don’t wake up naturally. Instead, the ring of an alarm clock probably jerks you out of sleep. Depending on when you went to bed, what day of the week it is, and how deeply you were sleeping, you may not understand where you are, or why there’s an infernal chiming sound. Then you throw out your arm and hit the snooze button, silencing the noise for at least a few moments. Just another couple of minutes, you think. Then maybe a few minutes more.

It may seem like you’re giving yourself a few extra minutes to collect your thoughts. But what you’re actually doing is making the wake-up process more difficult and drawn out. If you manage to drift off again, you are likely plunging your brain back into the beginning of the sleep cycle, which is the worst point to be woken up—and the harder we feel it is for us to wake up, the worse we think we’ve slept. (Ian Parker wrote about the development of a new drug for insomnia in the magazine last week.)

One of the consequences of waking up suddenly, and too early, is a phenomenon called sleep inertia.


Click here to read the full article.


What does it mean? Click and find out!

to jerk (v) to move very suddenly, or to make something move suddenly
to chime (v) to make a high ringing sound like a bell or set of bells
to silence (v) to stop someone or something from speaking or making a sound
to draw out (v) to prolong; protract
to drift off (v) to start to sleep
to plunge (v) to suddenly put someone or something in a much less successful situation
inertia (n) the tendency of a body at rest to remain at rest


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