When faced with two less than ideal options, which one is the best to choose? We have the answers in another round of: Which Is Worse?
Pulling an all-nighter or two measly hours of sleep? Let’s say you were working on a work presentation until 3am – but you need to get up at 5am to catch a flight. Do you try to get those two hours of sleep? Sleep experts say no, stay up – you’ll feel worse if you try to sleep. That’s according to the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania. They say, if you get less than four hours of sleep, there’s a good chance you’ll wake up when you’re in the middle of slow-wave sleep. And as a result, you’ll feel disoriented, irrational and extremely irritable. So, stay away awake until the next night, and go to bed at your regular time.
Sitting or smoking? How many times have we said sitting all day is slowly killing us? Well, smoking is still slightly worse, because it can cause so many cancers. But smoking rates are going down, while sitting time is going up! And an hour of sitting and watching TV is associated with an 8 percent higher risk of death, which is about the equivalent of smoking one cigarette! That’s because sitting increases our risks of heart disease, diabetes and obesity-related illness.
Drinking alcohol before bed or coffee? Well, both will mess with your sleep but in opposite ways. Here’s what the Insomnia and Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at Stanford says. Caffeine will trick your body into thinking you aren’t sleepy. And depending on how potent your coffee was, it could keep you awake for almost the whole night. Alcohol does the opposite – it makes you sleepy – but when it wears off after about three hours it messes with the quality of your sleep. You could start snoring, have nightmares, become drenched in sweat, get a headache or dry mouth. So, which is worse? Alcohol has a shorter effect. So, if it’s a nightcap or an after dinner espresso – you may want to have the brandy. But skip both if you need to be up and alert the next day.