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They say, with age comes wisdom.

Funny, that they never say, with wisdom comes forgetfulness ...


Sleep helps retain, boost memory. So let's all go back to Zzzz...

by Anu Passary, Tech Times, techtimes.com -- June 8, 2014

Researchers claim that sleeping well helps a person retain and boost memory.

Previously, researches have pointed out the relation between sleeping well and enhancing memory. Researchers say that if a person does not sleep well then he/she will not be able to learn well too. However, a new study has now giving evidence on how sleep strengthens the neural connections in the brain.
[...]

Health advocates are concerned that many people underestimate the importance of sleeping well. Deprived sleep may also lead to serious health issues such as diabetes, heart diseases, obesity, cancer and more.

Prior studies have indicated that lack of shut eye may cause a build-up of rogue proteins in the eye that may increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease in an individual. The latest study now adds up to the importance of good sleep in a person's daily routine.


It's those "little things" in life, that don't seem like much when we ignore them {or give them up}, but add up to a "big difference," when we finally decide to give them their due.

Exercise, is one.  Sleep, is another.

Now if I can only learn to love Broccoli ... (even more than I already do.)



Before I forget, or get busy with the day's chores -- I thought I do a few quick searches on this not-so-important topic ...


How to Get a Good Night's Sleep

Kansas State University -- Originally written in 1989 by David G. Danskin, Ph.D.

[...]

Five Basic Strategies

1) Never oversleep

   * Never oversleep because of a poor night's sleep. This is the most crucial rule. Get up at about the same time every day, especially on the morning after you've lost sleep. Sleeping late for just a couple of days can reset your body clock to a different cycle -- you'll be getting sleepy later and waking up later.
[...]

3) Exercise

   * Keep physically active during the day. This is especially important the day after a bad night's sleep. When you sleep less, you should be more active during the day. Being less active is one of the worst things an insomniac can do.

   * Strenuous exercise (brisk walking, swimming, jogging, squash, etc.) in late afternoon seems to promote more restful sleep. Also, insomniacs tend to be too inactive a couple of hours before bed. Do some gentle exercise. A stretching routine has helped many people.
[...]


How to Sleep Better
Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

helpguide.org -- April 2014

[...]

The secret to getting good sleep every night

[...]
The key, or secret, is to experiment. What works for some might not work as well for others. It’s important to find the sleep strategies that work best for you.


How to sleep better

   * Set a regular bedtime.  [...]

   * Wake up at the same time every day.  [...]


Increase light exposure during the day

   * Spend more time outside during daylight. Try to take your work breaks outside in sunlight, exercise outside, or walk your dog during the day instead of at night.
[...]


Boost melatonin production at night

   * Turn off your television and computer. Many people use the television to fall asleep or relax at the end of the day, and this is a mistake. Not only does the light suppress melatonin production, but television can actually stimulate the mind, rather than relaxing it. Try listening to music or audio books instead, or practicing relaxation exercises. If your favorite TV show is on late at night, record it for viewing earlier in the day.
[...]


Me, I {sometimes} take a melatonin supplement on week-ends, and a slow-release Niacin tablet on work-nights (a B-vitamin, that turns off the "worry-cycle" -- so my Doc said).

And that thing they say about exercise, it works for me.  Sleep like a rock, after a good day's hike.


Recently I purchased a white noise machine -- which kind of sounds like rushing rapids -- it really helps me "get a deeper sleep" and zone-out (on those nights I'm not tossing-n-turning). [Zohne, by Marpac -- cost about $75]


But I have a quandary now after researching this post.  What am I going to do about my late-night posting and on-line commenting?

No wonder my mind's always so restless, when my body's so tired -- Too many things on the internet, zapping my attention. It's a wonder I ever get any sleep at all ...




Huh, what was that I was saying?  Oh wait, nevermind. It must not have been important, if I can't remember it, at the dawn of a new day.

;-)  

Afterall, as we are taught from day-one:  Merrily, Merrily -- Life is but a dream ...

Dream well, my friends ... Live well, too.   (That is, if you can find the time.)





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