Daily Archives: August 3, 2009

Gsalr Finds Garage Sales and Plans an Effective Route [Sales]

If you’re looking to hit some garage sales, forget combing over the local paper and trying to put together a route. Gsalr makes finding and mapping garage sales a breeze.

Similar to previous mentioned Yard Sale Treasure Map, although a bit more polished, Gsalr helps you find and map garage sales in your area. Plug a zip code or state and city into Gsalr and you’ll be given a Google Maps mashup with local garage sales flagged. Each red flag represents a garage sale listing, clicking on it gives you a summary of the Craiglist listing, a link to the full post if it’s lengthy, the days the sale is going on, and address of the location.

The “Add to Trip Planner” button lets you easily toss a sale you like into the route maker. When you’re all done browsing the listings click on the Trip Planner tab in the upper right corner and get a handy turn by turn driving route to help you hit all the garage sales in the most effective way. If you know of another tool for helping you discover goods to repurpose and deals to score, let’s hear about it in the comments.

Reset Your Sleep Cycle with a 16-Hour Fast [Mind Hacks]

Your brain’s natural tendencies don’t easily accommodate international flights, all-nighters, or rotating shift work. Refusing to eat for about 16 hours before waking up, however, can help reboot your sleep cycle.

Photo by arvindgrover.

Harvard researcher Clifford Saper explains that one’s body has more than just a single clock dictating some magical eight-hour sleep period. Sleep needs are regulated in part by exposure to light, but also by food intake. By fasting for 16 hours before your breakfast in a new time zone or on a new sleep/wake schedule, or perhaps after some really rough sleep nights, one can “override” the body’s other sleep clocks that have a really aggravating way of demanding obedience. The Wise Bread blog suggests 12 hours might be a decent compromise if you can’t hold off for 16 hours, though Saper seems to suggest 16 is the magic number.

Saper explains more about the power of not eating on your sleep cycle in this interview clip:

If you’ve got your own first-hand research on the relationship of food and sleep changes, or you’ve got evidence that Saper’s method works as suggested, let us know in the comments.

How to beat jet lag: Don’t eat [The Globe and Mail via

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