Timing

What Does AM and PM Stand for?

Some countries use the 12-hour time format including the United States. This clock format also includes the abbreviations, AM and PM. Before the modern era, the only way to tell the time is by the sun’s position. Now, we are using digital clocks to track our daily activities, as well as to save time. So, what do AM and PM stand for and what does telling the time have to do with them? Two 12-Hour Periods The 12-hour system equally divides the 24 hours in a day into two periods, having 12 hours in each division. The first 12 hours in the division is designated as AM, which runs from midnight to noon. The second 12-hour period is marked as

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All About Sleep Cycles
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All About Sleep Cycles

All of us require sleep in order for our body and mind to regenerate. Researchers have also proven that people can perform memory tasks better after getting quality sleep. It’s true that our body relaxes when we sleep but have you ever wondered what really happens to our brain while we are unconscious and unaware of the outside world? Have you thought about why you’re having dreams at night? All of these have something to do with our sleep cycle. A Sleep Cycle is the period of time it takes for an individual to progress through the stages of sleep. A complete sleep cycle takes an average of 90 – 110 minutes. Each stage lasts between 5 – 15 minutes.

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The History of Time Zones
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The History of Time Zones

Looking back to the time when clocks were non-existent, people used different devices such as sundials and water clocks to tell what time it is. In the 17th century, the pendulum was invented but it wasn’t that accurate especially when being used at sea. That is the reason why the Chronometer was introduced. It measured the time more accurately even when there is movement and in varying conditions as well. When well-regulated clocks were invented, each city set the time depending on the sunrise, or their own solar time. They did not pay much attention if the time was not accurate compared to other places since it was of long travel times and lack of long-distance communications. But, have you

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Interesting Facts About Time
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Interesting Facts About Time

Time is one of the things we rely on in keeping track of our daily activities. But did you know that there are a lot more about it than we all had known? Here are some interesting facts about time that you probably haven’t heard about: While in a standing position, time passes faster for your face than for your feet. As explained in Einstein’s theory of relativity, the closer you are to the center of the Earth, the slower time goes. A day isn’t really 24 hours. The Earth takes exactly 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4.2 seconds to rotate. It only becomes 24 hours because it moves further on its orbit around the sun which slightly lengthens the

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Bizarre and Unusual Cases of Sleep Disorders
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Bizarre and Unusual Cases of Sleep Disorders

Sleep is essential in our everyday life. This is the time that our bodies can recover from all the stress that we put it through on a daily basis. It is crucial to our survival. However vital this maybe, many people struggle with getting a good night sleep. A sleep disorder is also known as Somnipathy. It is a medical condition where one’s sleep pattern is so disruptive that it interferes with a person’s normal physical, mental and emotional functioning. There are mentions of sleep disorders going back through time with narcolepsy being documented since the 1600s. There are many common cases of sleep disorders such as snoring and basic insomnia. But there are also some very bizarre cases as

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What is Sleep Apnea?
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What is Sleep Apnea?

In the Greek language, Apnea means “want of breath.”  The term APNEA means a suspension in one’s breathing process. When this occurs, there will be a cessation of muscle movement specifically responsible for inhalation. In layman’s term, this is commonly known as holding one’s breath.  Sleep Apnea is a medical condition that can affect anyone, even children. The disease was discovered the year 1965 however, it wasn’t named and confirmed as a disorder until the latter part of the twentieth century. Prior to its confirmation as an actual disease, it was considered as a simple, upper airway closure mishap and so treatment for the condition was mainly focused on removal of the obstruction known as Tracheostomy. In 1981, the device

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Different Types of Snoring Sleep Aids
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Overview of the Different Types of Snoring Sleep Aids

Snoring is the curse of many men and women that keeps them getting a good night sleep and perhaps as importantly their partner as well.  The good news is there are many types of snoring sleep aids available on the market today to help reduceor eliminate snoring.  It may take some trial and error to figure out which one will be the best fit for your particular needs but at least there solid options to consider. First lets take a look at what causes the snoring sound.  When your breathing during sleep and air can’t move freely through your nose and throat the movement of the air causes the tissues in the surrounding areas to vibrate.  Its that vibration that

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Overview of the Different Types of Major Sleep Disorders
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Overview of the Different Types of Major Sleep Disorders

  Sleep – we all need it.  We likely all want more of it and there are many of us who just can’t seem to get it as easily as we would like.  Sleep disorders have plagued man since ancient times Sleep, rest of things, O pleasing Deity, Peace of the soul, which cares dost crucify, Weary bodies refresh and mollify.” – Ovid – Roman Poet Lets have a look at the major types of sleep disorders – those cruel robbers of the good nights sleep. 1. Insomnia We have all heard of insomnia and who hasn’t had an occasional (isolated) bout with the inability to get to sleep?  The real challenge is whats known as Acute or Chronic Insomnia

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Evolution of the Digital Clock

When you think of the word “digital” we typically think of computers and data and graphics that are all driven off of data stored in 1 and 0 digits.  A digital clock is a type of clock that displays the time in numerals (digits) versus based on the positions of rotating mechanical hands.  The digital part doesn’t relate to the power/drive mechanism or how the clock is derives the current time. Most digital clocks typically use the 50 or 60 hertz oscillation of AC power or a 32,768 hertz crystal oscillator as in a quartz clock to keep time.  This is the mechanism that is used to drive the tracking and passing of time for the clock display.  So instead of pulleys and weights or springs and other mechanisms its based

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How Did People Wake Up Before Modern Alarm Clocks?
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How Did People Wake Up Before Modern Alarm Clocks?

The need to know exactly what time it is or to be sure you arrive on time is an ancient one.  In our modern society its hard to imagine not knowing the current time and when the next appointment is and if your going to be on time or not.  Knowing the current time and being alerted when you have something to do seems as common place as eating or sleeping.  Its just part of our lives. That wasn’t always the case and before our world of modern technology people went to great lengths to be alerted to the current time or make sure they woke up to make it to work.  Here are some of the more common ways

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