Experts are telling us we’re not getting enough sleep and not spending enough time in the scratcher these days. The side effects can be severe: poor judgement, irritability, a plethora of minor ailments and even depression.

I suffer from most of those, even the irritability. I’m getting crankier as I get a bit older. The Mother agrees, although she wouldn’t blame sleep deprivation. She thinks it’s all a man thing, unaccustomed as we are to a bit of pain and hardship.