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Friday, September 16, 2005

Wake-Up Slush 

Staying awake all day can be tough, whether you must suffer through tedious meetings and conference calls or dull professors teaching the minutiae of contract law. If you're like me, you're at the point where you need regular doses of caffeine to function at all, but can't shake the feeling that it's not. quite. enough. Some people turn to stronger stimulants, accepting the high risk of heart failure, incarceration, and inclusion in Marion Barry jokes. There has to be a better way (other than marrying rich), right?

Perhaps. University of Michigan researchers claim to have found that self-applied accupressure, applied at mid-day, helps students be more alert. The n is tiny, the control is abysmal, and it screams placebo effect, but hey, I'd give it a shot. Hopefully the authors can come up with a good follow-up study before the DOQRAPS squad arrives.

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