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How Sleep Can Be a Priority

If you hear yourself often saying any of the following things about sleep, please read on:

“I am not a good sleeper.”

“I wake up at 3 am and stay awake.”

“I am always tired.”

My husband, my mother, my father, and I have said all of these things numerous times in our lives. My husband and father both have Sleep Apnea. When treated with a CPAP machine, they have the quality and quantity of rest they need. My mother is a worrier. She can’t sleep because she’s thinking too much. That’s a bit of my problem as well, but I am like most mothers with small children…I am a light sleeper. I hear every sound. I use a fan, but I still hear every little noise.

According to “Causes of Sleep Problems” on WebMD:

Other factors that can interfere with sleep include:

  • Genetics: Researchers have found a genetic basis for narcolepsy, a neurological disorder of sleep regulation that affects the control of sleep and wakefulness.
  • Night shift work: People who work at night often experience sleep disorders, because they cannot sleep when they start to feel drowsy. Their activities run contrary to their biological clocks.
  • Medications: Many drugs can interfere with sleep, such as certain anti-depressants, blood pressure medication, and over-the-counter cold medicine.
  • Aging: About half of all adults over the age of 65 have some sort of sleep disorder. It is not clear if it is a normal part of aging or a result of medications that older people commonly use.

My doctor recently told me that everyone should be able to sleep through the night, for at least eight hours, without getting up to go to the bathroom. And if you can’t, you should see a urologist. While I don’t really believe that because every BODY is different, I do believe that we can achieve quality rest with easy and safe habits.

We’ve heard all the advice that makes complete sense, yet we don’t always follow it:

  • only use your bedroom for sleep and sex…no TV, no electronics
  • go to bed and wake up at the same time every day
  • finish eating and drinking at least three hours before bedtime
  • keep your bedroom cool and comfortable

These are all great. Here are some more you can add to the list.

  • diffuse and apply essential oils, such as Lavender, Copaiba, Vetiver, and Cedarwood
  • avoid stress in your life, especially before bedtime
  • use meditation, prayer, or any calming ritual before bedtime and if you wake up and can’t get back to sleep
  • invest in a quality comfortable mattress, like the GhostBed memory foam mattress
  • consider sleeping with a fan or sound machine
  • make sleep a priority in your life

These are all manageable habits. And the last one is simply a mindset. We think we can survive a day after a bad night sleep with caffeine, power drinks, and just pushing through, but we don’t have to and we shouldn’t. Sleep is a huge part of your lives. We are meant to spend about one third of our lives asleep. That’s a lot! Make it a priority. Find the ways that work for you. And get a good night’s sleep.

That’s an order.

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Two Thumbs Up for Sound Intone’s Headphones

Two thumbs up for my Sound Intone E6 In-ear Headphones! My husband and I both like them.

Thank you to Tomoson and Sound Intone for my significantly reduce-priced headphones in exchange for this review.

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They have many great features:

* cushioned for comfort in eartwo thumbs up
* long cable
* handy storage case
* easily adjustable cable

 

In addition to the great features, the sound seems even better than our Sony brand. We might just have to fight over these!

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Product Description:
Noise isolating in-ear design with energetic sound and enhanced bass
Ergonomic earpiece design and sweat-proof headphones provides long-term wearing comfort
Built for running, secure in-the-ear fit with memory wire never falls out
Includes carrying case and 6 sets of eartips for the best fit and comfort
Works with any Apple Iphone Ipad Ipod Smartphone Samsung Galaxy and music Players and other devices with 3.5 mm port, 3-month Limited Warranty

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The Best Laid Plans…

‘The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.’

No matter how carefully a project is planned, something may still go wrong with it. The saying is adapted from a line in “To a Mouse,” by Robert Burns : “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.”   Dictionary.com

 


Well, we had to scrap our camping trip. It has been raining up in these parts for days on end. The satellite shows a hug band of rain headed for West Jefferson, NC. The rain will start this afternoon and continue until tomorrow. Not the ideal camping weather. I don’t mind being cold, but I do mind being wet.

Big fat bummer.

But I had a great time yesterday visiting my old school. I spent two hours just wandering the halls, talking to colleagues, and being introduced to the students as “the very first dance teacher” at the school. I felt like a bit of a celebrity. I’ve been gone for 9 years, so of course, all the students I knew have been gone for a few years.

It felt nostalgic and sad, but inspiring at the same time. The school is still vibrant with color and sound. The students and staff seem happy. It’s just as I remembered.

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