Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs, and Questions We Wish People Would Ask

Chances are you know all about FAQs–Frequently Asked Questions. Here we’ll present what may appear to be FAQs, but are really QWWPWAs–Questions We Wish People Would Ask.

I’ve just inherited a fortune, and I’d like to donate it to CET. How should I go about doing that?

Go to Join Us! Scroll all the way down, past the photos of friendly volunteers who contribute their translations, articles, and other materials to CET. Near the very bottom of the page, click on: Donate now with PayPal.

It’s me again. Yesterday I inherited a fortune, and gave it away. Today my partner wants a divorce, and I’m not feeling so good. Where can I find out if I’m officially depressed?

Take our self-assessment: the SIGH-SAD-SR. This online questionnaire is free and confidential, and will tell you how serious your symptoms are. Knowing this may help you decide whether you should see a professional. If you want, you can then print out your results, and share them with your doctor or therapist. This will make it easier for your chosen professional to determine whether you are officially depressed, and what treatment may be best for you.

We also have other self-assessments to help you assess your circadian rhythm, and determine whether you may have seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

It’s me again. Last week, just before I gave away my fortune, I spent a lot of money buying dozens of every item at your online store. My partner wants to know what I plan to do with all the packages in the garage.

Some items in our Store make terrific presents. My favorite, if you want to get a present for the man who has everything–including 327 ties–is the nightlight. Our nightlights remove the energizing blue part of the spectrum from the white light they give off. This means that unlike normal nightlights, they make it easier to go back to sleep.

These nightlights are good not only for the man–or woman–who has everything, but also for many elderly people.  Elderly people often get up more frequently in the middle of the night. Ordinary nightlights will reduce the chance that they will fall, but also increase the chance that their sleep will be disturbed. CET’s nightlights, on the other hand, provide the blessing without the curse.

If you bought a lot, you can use them as stocking stuffers for the next ten years. Then everyone in your family will sleep more soundly.

Sleep. Hmmm. I haven’t had much of that since I got my Paris/New York job two weeks ago. Too much jet lag. I wonder what I should do about that.

Visit one of our six Resource Centers. Our Wrinkle in Time Resource Center helps people understand how our circadian rhythms can be disrupted by traveling quickly across time zones, or switching to Daylight Saving Time, or engaging in shift work. We have a great article there on jet lag. You can find out why you have less jet lag flying from Paris to New York than vice versa. You can also learn what a switch-point is, and how can you use it to beat jet lag.

The article is full of practical advice, but the part I like best is the factoid about how jet lag affected US negotiations with Egypt. I’m just dying to be on a quiz show where I can impress people with my knowledge of how circadian rhythms affect history. Of course, we have so many experts at CET, I don’t think I’ll ever get the chance.

Who’s your competition for the quiz show?

For jet lag, my competition is Dan Oren. Actually, it’s no competition, because he is truly an expert on the subject. He co-authored the jet lag article, and a book on jet lag, too. He’s on our board of directors, and very nice. You can read about him, and many of the other people at CET, at our About page.

I wish my psychiatrist knew more about jet lag, because I think I’m going to have this problem for as long as I have this job.

We have just the thing for him, then: a Treasury of resources for professionals. It divided into sixteen topics, and one is “Circadian Analysis of Jet Lag, and Treatment Approaches.”

At CET, we have resources for professionals, and for the public, and I hope you will return after a good night’s sleep. After all, even though you may be only a figment of my imagination, I enjoyed our conversation.