‘First-Night Effect’ Explains Poor Sleep In New Places

Sleep experts have found that the reason for the “first-night effect”—the phenomenon of getting a poor night’s sleep in a new place—is that one hemisphere of the brain stays active and on guard against unknown predators. What do you think?

“I can’t wait until humanity finally overcomes its biological imperatives once and for all.”

Gretchen Wolinsky • Systems Analyst


“So all a predator has to do is wait us out for one night?”

Wendell Boylan • Workflow Philosopher

“Well, I’ve yet to be ambushed and eaten on my business trips, so it must work.”

Matt Binder • Balloon Filler