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"It's those TV networks, Marge. They won't let me. One quality show after another, each one fresher and more brilliant than the last." Homer Simpson
TV, internet, books, there always seems to be something more pressing than bedtime.
I want a timer in the home's power box that switches all non-essential
power circuits off after a chosen time and switches them back on in the morning. I know there are home power control systems, but they all seem too fancy. I want a single, discrete, off-the-shelf device that fits in exactly where the switches normally reside in the switch box.
Millions of Americans Don't Get Enough Sleep
Seven hours of rest a night is important for good health, expert says [xaviergisz, Jan 13 2010]
Per capita wine consumption by country
/Why does it only affect the Americans, I wonder?/ [bungston, Jan 13 2010]
(?) First Paragraph
Geneology of behavior? [rcarty, Jan 13 2010]
||Perhaps American TVs and computers don't have off switches built in to them?
||I think the Americans are afflicted because of markedly inadequate wine consumption (see link). Residents of other countries are likely slumped in their chairs by 845 PM, muttering ribald songs and gnawing corks in their sleep.
||I've read that the British were/ are aversive of electric light. [Link]
||//I've read that the British were/ are aversive of electric light//
Not just electric light: "The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys."
Sir Wiliam Preece, Chief Engineer of the Post Office, 1876 (though, in his defence, Preece was instrumental in the development of radio)
||It's called a Shabbos clock and every othodox Jew has one.
||I'm seriously considering (I'm designing myself a house at the
moment) putting in parallel power circuits:
One for "essential" things like the fridge.
One for "non-essential" like the TV etc, which has a master
switch somewhere convenient (next to the bed, perhaps).
Which would solve this. But not as a retro-fit...
||^ My office has this. On the way out the door I flick the
Master Switch and everything except the fridge and
emergency lighting is shut down. We also have timer
switches on everything from the PCs to the microwave to
only have power to the sockets during certain hours (which
can be manually overridden).
||//On the way out the door I flick the Master Switch and
everything except the fridge and emergency lighting is
shut down.// - and everyone else who works in
[AusCan531]'s office (who have learnt from cruel
experience to save their work regularly) blunders around
in the dark trying to find the switch to turn the lights
back on again...
||With multiple circuits in the home, sounds like a wifi
contolable breaker is the go. Just swap them out on
the breaker board and configure them with your home
network for any modality you feel necessary. If there is
such a thing.