The most successful people in the world are SO EXCITED to call themselves that. Hard-charging, in-leaning, unstoppable titans of industry want everyone to know it. One of their favorite brags: never sleeping more than a few hours a night. Is that actually a cool thing? Should all of us let ourselves get talked into that lifestyle? And are a bunch of our daily habits that kind of smart-seeming bad health trap?

On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt sits down with Jason Pargin (who writes for the site as David Wong). They want you to hang in there, friend. If there's one takeaway from today's episode (and there are so many more than just one!) it's that you oughta receive all the healthy support you can get from others and from yourself. Other takeaways: an immense range of fascinating facts about our bodies, our culture, and the war they're in at all times if we're not careful.

Footnotes:

21 Weird Health Facts That Everyone Should Know (Pt 1) (Cracked)

21 Weird Health Facts That Everyone Should Know (Pt 2) (Cracked)

The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death (The New Yorker)

Among teens, sleep deprivation an epidemic (Stanford Medicine)

How The World Forgot To Sleep (Esquire UK)

The Mellowing of William Jefferson Clinton (New York Times Magazine)

Obama After Dark: The Precious Hours Alone (New York Times)

President Trump: I Get 4 to 5 Hours of Sleep (ABC News)

'Fire and Fury' Reveals Donald Trump's Disturbing Nightly Habits (Cheat Sheet)

Bush uses discipline, routine to keep his time manageable (Baltimore Sun)

Why screen time can disrupt sleep (Science Daily)

StartSchoolLater.net

How Long Does Caffeine Stay in Your System? (Healthline)

Caffeine in Red Bull vs. caffeine in coffee

Melatonin: Much More Than You Wanted To Know (Slate Star Codex)

The science of sleep via cannabis (Healthline)

White House Pushes New Truck Safety Regulation While Loosening Obama-Era Rules (NPR)

Alcoholism epidemic in the USA: More than 1 in 8 Americans are now alcoholics (International Business Times UK)

Fact Sheets - Alcohol Use and Your Health (CDC)

Alcohol is a leading cause of death, disease worldwide, study says (USA Today)

The economic impact of alcohol consumption: a systematic review (NCBI)

HIV and AIDS --- United States, 1981-2000 (CDC)

Tapping Rural America: Craft Breweries Pour New Life Into Small Towns (NPR)

Why Hoda And Kathie Lee Drink On Today (CinemaBlend)

Psychedelic drug use 'does not increase risk for mental health problems' (Medical News Today)

Study finds mushrooms are the safest recreational drug (The Guardian)

Low-dose THC can relieve stress; more does just the opposite (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Adolescent cannabis use, baseline prodromal symptoms and the risk of psychosis (The British Journal of Psychiatry)

Once again, U.S. expert panel says genetically engineered crops are safe to eat (Science)

The influence of calorie labeling on food orders and consumption: A review of the literature (NCBI)

Are Large Portions to Blame for Obesity? (Pacific Standard)

The Surgeon General's Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation, 1980 (NCBI)

"I Am The New Person You Have To Know About Now" by Meghan Trainor (Clickhole)

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