Is it ever too late to reply to an email? | Oliver Burkeman

Social expectations about digital etiquette have never been more in flux. The solution? Avoid worrying about it altogether You know youve reached a crisis point in your email backlog when youre obliged as I was recently to confront the following conundrum of electronic etiquette: is it ruder to reply to an email after three months than not to reply at all? On one hand, obviously, given since 1969. Three months is, lets be clear, far too long to delay a reply. But I suspect were entering a phase in emails history when social expectations about such matters have never been more in flux. As the burden of digital communication keeps increasing, digital minimalism is entering the mainstream. (I recommend a …

Why the sleep industry is keeping us awake at night

Were told that getting eight unbroken hours of sleep will protect us from cancer and dementia, and make us happier. But are we being sold an impossible dream? Hardly a day goes by without some new story about sleep in the papers, on TV or in our news feeds. Sleep is everywhere. Were told relentlessly how much of it we need, what will happen if we dont get it, and how much the economy loses through tired workers.

The internet said I had ascension flu. Was I awakening on a deeper level or was it just a cold? | Brigid Delaney’s diary

Maybe I had to resign myself to living on a higher realm, walking about blowing out lights About a month ago, I began experiencing a strange succession of minor ailments that were separately annoying and uncomfortable, and together alarming and confounding. One week I had intense nausea, an anxious feeling in the pit of my stomach but try as I might, I couldnt identify the cause of my anxiety. The following week, strange headaches. After that, aches and pain in all my joints. Then I started waking every morning sometime between 2am and 5am, alert and unable to return to sleep. In short, I was out of sorts. What was wrong with me? I Googled these symptoms and found out …