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Do you rather sleep or eat?

Let’s cut to the chase.

Say you decide to go on a fast, and so you effectively starve yourself for a week. At the end of seven days, how would you be feeling? You’d probably be hungry, perhaps a little weak, and almost certainly somewhat thinner. But basically you’d be fine.

Now let’s say you deprive yourself of sleep for a week. Not so good. After several days, you’d be almost completely unable to function. That’s why Amnesty International lists sleep deprivation as a form of torture.

Here’s what former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin had to say in his memoir White Nights about the experience of being deprived of sleep in a KGB prison: “In the head of the interrogated prisoner a haze begins to form. His spirit is wearied to death, his legs are unsteady, and he has one sole desire: to sleep … Anyone who has experienced this desire knows that not even hunger and thirst are comparable with it.”

So why is sleep one of the first things we’re willing to sacrifice as the demands in our lives keep rising? We continue to live by a remarkably durable myth: sleeping one hour less will give us one more hour of productivity. In reality, the research suggests that even small amounts of sleep deprivation take a significant toll on our health, our mood, our cognitive capacity and our productivity.

Many of the effects we suffer are invisible. Insufficient sleep, for example, deeply impairs our ability to consolidate and stabilize learning that occurs during the waking day. In other words, it wreaks havoc on our memory.

So how much sleep do you need? When researchers put test subjects in environments without clocks or windows and ask them to sleep any time they feel tired, 95 percent sleep between seven and eight hours out of every 24. Another 2.5 percent sleep more than eight hours. That means just 2.5 percent of us require less than 7 hours of sleep a night to feel fully rested. That’s 1 out of every 40 people.

When I ask people  how many had fewer than 7 hours of sleep several nights during the past week, the vast majority raise their hands. That’s true whether it’s an audience of corporate executives, teachers, cops or government workers. We’ve literally lost touch with what it feels like to be fully awake.

Great performers are an exception. Typically, they sleep significantly more than the rest of us. InAnders Ericcson’s famous study of violinists, the top performers slept an average of 8 ½ hours out of every 24, including a 20 to 30 minute midafternoon nap some 2 hours a day more than the average American.

The top violinists also reported that except for practice itself, sleep was second most important factor in improving as violinists.

With sufficient sleep, I feel better, I work with more focus, and I manage my emotions better, which is good for everyone around me. I dislike having even a single day where I haven’t gotten enough sleep, because the impact is immediate and unavoidable. On the rare days that I don’t get enough, I try hard to get at least a 20-30 minute nap in the afternoon. That’s a big help.

Here are top 3 tips to improve the quantity and quality of your sleep:

  • Go to bed earlier — and at a set time. Sounds obvious right? The problem is there’s no alternative. You’re already waking up at the latest possible time you think is acceptable. If you don’t ritualize a specific bedtime, you’ll end up finding ways to stay up later, just the way you do now.
  • Start winding down at least 45 minutes before you turn out the light. You won’t fall asleep if you’re all wound up from answering email, or doing other work. Create a ritual around drinking a cup of herbal tea, or listening to music that helps you relax, or reading a dull book.
  • Write down what’s on your mind — especially unfinished to-do’s and unresolved issues — just before you go to bed. If you leave items in your working memory, they’ll make it harder to fall asleep, and you’ll end up ruminating about them if you should wake up during the night.

For more tips on sleep and other forms of renewal visit the uber cool site: http://theenergyproject.com.

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Disney’s The Lion King! ROAR

OMG! I have the privilege to watch the premiere of Disney’s The Lion King The Musical in the all new Marina Bay Sands Theatre last Thursday.

Yup, Opening Night!!!!


In case you still have not seen the ads on print, its splashing all over Singapore! Whee!!!

Did you know?

Disney Theatrical Productions formed in 1994, opening with Beauty and the Beast which enjoyed a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway. The company’s second show, The Lion King, is poised to beat that record.

Over 50 million people have seen the massively successful show worldwide, including New York, London, Tokyo and Las Vegas. Now, it’s the turn of Singapore, with the Marina Bay Sands hosting the production’s Southeast Asian debut.

And Singapore is the only Asian stop they are going to do this year!


And of course, i get the best (well kinda) in the house. But the theatre is really medium sized so even if you sit anywhere, you still get the best view!


The all new Sands Theater is all about glamour and zen. Its all mirror from top to bottom. You just got to see it!!!


We hope all nights in the theatre will be like this. Daily Mail England


One of the most memorable, moving and original theatrical extravaganzas in years. It is told with a theatricality that frequently takes the breath away.” The New York Times



Below are snapshots during the final scene in The Lion King! Opps. But its really nice! Well, the pictures are crappy though cause my iPhone 3GS is just crappy!





So,  during the Opening Night, I was so glad to welcome Simba, Rafiki and Nala to the stage, as they teased eager me with song and dance. The costumes, painstakingly painted and tailored, worked wonderfully to represent the individual characters. Its definitely more grown up than the cuter, animated original show, director Julie Taymor’s version has indeed brought Africa to life on a stage. But don’t let me spoil all the fun, go check out this groundbreaking theatrical experience when it hits Singapore on 3 March 2011 and will run till May 2011.

For more details, visit www.thelionking.com.sg.

Tickets are available at Marina Bay Sands Box Office,
online at www.sistic.com.sg or call + 65 6348 5555.