Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Learning in My Sleep

Once upon a time, there was a little boy. He traveled to a faraway land, where he sat in a room all day and learned interesting things. He even started learning things by himself, hard things like differential calculus, and little things like neutrinos, neutralinos, charginos, binos, winos,gauginos, higgsinos, and even gluinos. He thought that it was fun. But learning so much made the boy tired, and soon he fell asleep.

You might think that I'm talking about myself, but there is one thing in the story that doesn't match with me.

I love this website so much...
I've learned about so many particles that my head starts to spin just from remembering their names, but it's not uninteresting. Like the boy in the story, I actually enjoy learning about all this and their practical applications and effects on the real world. I am actually learning calculus on my own for fun (?!) on Khan Academy (great website, look it up if you don't know what it is. I officially
endorse the usage of this website).

You've probably figured it out, but even though all this learning does make me tired, I still don't fall asleep. Sleep is probably the most precious thing in my life right now, even more so than food. But trying to include sleep into my schedule is like trying to combine the force of gravity into the already-combined forces of electromagnetic interaction, the weak force, and the strong force. And there I go, rambling on about physics again. One disturbing thing is that these few days when I've fallen asleep, I've usually dreamt either about my neutrino project or theoretical physics...


  1. Jae-an - try shutting off all media and electronics at least an hour before sleep and read a book to help you fall into a slumber. This routine works for me most of the time. I'm sorry you are having a hard time with sleep - I wonder if it's due to the two-hour time change?

  2. Try this. I read it online somewhere and it really works for me.

    Hold the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth
    Breath in through your mouth for a count of 4 seconds
    Hold this air in for 7 seconds
    Exhale through your nose for 8 seconds
    Peat these 3 steps at least 4 to 4 times

    Good night,