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February 01, 2014

I've gone to my farm in Kentucky for the weekend. It's a great place to relax, do a little hard physical labor, and forget about the rest of the world.

If you don't have such a place, I highly suggest you get one.

In the meantime, do you get enough sleep?

See you on Monday.

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February 01, 2014 7:57 AM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

I wish I could be as efficient seeking a good night's sleep as a cell phone battery. Plug it in, and a few hours later it is fully recharged. No worries and distractions to interfere. No little aches and pains to intervene. Of course I doubt that my cell phone battery has a cycle of dreams. The good ones are quite refreshing, the scary ones leave me anxious and feeling tired. Such is the human condition, we are all a work in progress, and the elusive target of perfection is never attained. Maybe someone keeps moving the goal posts farther away from the line of scrimmage during those precious moments of sleep.....aaarrrggghhh.

February 01, 2014 9:12 AM
1014 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 karma swim swami said...

Humans evolved, of course, to sleep during the day. We were originally a nocturnal species because that conferred a survival advantage. Our former major adversaries, the dinosaurs, were poikilothermic and rendered torpid by night temperatures. Why we became a species out and about during the day is a subject of much conjecture.

While sleep may have had the added benefit of keeping us quiet and immobile during the day when the reptiles were out and about, it also has a vital, indispensable function that has much to do with the processing of waste neurotrasmitter metabolites. If you grossly sleep deprive primates, then withdraw spinal fluid from them via lumbar puncture, and inject that spinal fluid into well-rested primates, they will promptly go fast asleep and sleep like rutabagas. Specifically what is being processed, catabolized, during sleep isn't known. But without it, one either begins having waking dreams, or begins hallucinating, or will experience actual nodding off with dreaming.

February 01, 2014 10:35 AM
Photo_on_2013-12-13_at_17 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1 dlabarb said...

I get a solid 7, usually.  It's a facscinating thing sleep?  Isn't it?  It's like a place, really; or a dimension.  And I've always loved dream theory and hold w/ a lot of what Freud and Freudians say about symbolism and dreams.

February 01, 2014 10:47 AM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

1. Rise early and work your butt off using your head and your hands and walk/run as many places as you can 2. Eat heartily 3. Have a couple of Adult Beverages after 5 4. Dance to MoTown or read something other than scientific studies on sleep deprivation 5. Make Love/repeat (ok that's too ambititious) 6. Sleep like a Bambino.

February 01, 2014 11:18 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Marypjb said...

Before I retired, I got eight and woke up without an alarm clock.  Now I get nine, only because I was told that four a.m. was "an ungodly hour" to be up and about.  lol

That quiet time, before anyone else is up, is my favorite time.

February 01, 2014 11:25 AM
1014 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 karma swim swami said...

Maryppjb: I advocate reverse curfew. People getting up that early should be shot on sight!

February 01, 2014 11:29 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Marypjb said...

Hmmm... Well, last night I stayed up until ten and got up at seven this morning.  :)

February 01, 2014 11:43 AM
Photo_on_2013-12-13_at_17 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1 dlabarb said...

I've gone thru periods of insomnia in my life ... who hasn't?  What an awful thing NOT being able to sleep.  Michael Jackson was an insomniac (along with other things) all of his life, and I've read that's what led him to do propathol(sp), which is not really sleeping.  It's interesting that it is the one thing we can't purchase, no matter our wealth.  We can trick it with pills and wahtever, but the effectiveness wears-off.

February 01, 2014 11:55 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Ahhh... Sleep, purchance to dream

February 01, 2014 12:01 PM
1014 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 karma swim swami said...

Methought I heard a voice cry sleep no more! Macbeth doth murder sleep! The death of each day's life, sore labor's bath, balm of hurt minds.

February 01, 2014 12:10 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Marypjb said...

My daughter, the yoga instructor, says the reason I fall asleep so easily is that I have perfected the savasana pose.

February 01, 2014 12:28 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Well, here's a salute to the "glymphatic system"!! The fluid that goes about cleaning up the brain while we sleep seems to be as crucial to smarts, as the lymphatic is to the rest of the bod! Hooray for the glymph!! Give it those 8 hours and your brain will be clean as a whistle of the trashy thoughts and mental debris of yesterday!

It must be flexible, though, bc I can remember in college getting by on many nights of 4 or 5, staying up late writing a research paper or cramming for tests, and then stumbling out the door of the dorm to ace that puppy. So, now I am saying "Thanks" to my surviving glymph! After college, there were so many nights of losing half the night with babies crying, or later wetting the bed mid-sleep, and then the years of grading papers and doing lesson plans til after midnight only to arise at 6 am for the school teacher's duties. So, "Thank you" to my brain custodians for all the time you had to work twice as quickly to restore the cells!!

Now, retired for 9 years, I give them lots of time to do the dusting and polishing with my 8,9,10 hour nights! I am still a throw-back to the nocturnal ages, as KSS has pointed out our species was intended to be, as I get rejuvenated about 11 pm, and want to stay up late, read and write then sleep late. Thank goodness my fellow takes the phone off the hook when he arises at 7 so I can snooze on til 9:00 or so! And while the glymphatic system is doing its janitorial duties, I am dreaming away!

This morning when I finally got up on the side of the bed, I remembered I was diapering a baby and so proud of how sweet he felt as I put him over my shoulder to pat his back. Now, you can't get any more happy feeling than that! Kudos to the glymph!!! Yes, I feel for the workers who are struggling to get in 5 hours. I sent the article to a dozen or so people to get them to think about how important sleep is!

Dream weaver: A classic blast from the past....

Dream a Little Dream of Me: Mama Cass explains it....

Isn't it nice to have such great music for our sleeping brain cleaning!?

February 01, 2014 12:30 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

( That line about wetting the bed was meant that the "babies" then about 5 or 6 were doing that deed...not moi!! One of those convoluted sentences...mea culpa.)

February 01, 2014 12:38 PM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

The power nap at my desk, on the plane, in a cab, pre-dinner in the hotel room always refreshes immensely and the quick siesta on the beach prior to walking to the Tiki Bar works wonders.

February 01, 2014 12:47 PM
Photo_on_2013-12-13_at_17 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1 dlabarb said...

Mooseloop:  Let's investigate ... I bet teacher's suffer from insomnia with more frequency and over longer periods of time (years?) than any other profession.  SOOOOO much happens during a day ... even on the GOOD ones ... that our brains often struggle to shut-down.   There is always tomorrow: that new kid from somewhere with something and how he'll mix w/ this group and that ....  Let's look it up:  Professions/Insomnia.

February 01, 2014 12:50 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

I like Wall Mart. They let the R V driver sleep at the perimeter of their 24hour store's parking lot. There are times you MUST sleep to be a safe driver. Of course, that you have your own bed,bath,and kitchen along with you helps.

February 01, 2014 12:51 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Marypjb said...

I didn't have insomnia during my 37 years of teaching.

February 01, 2014 12:56 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Let's ask Bebe and Spring rain who are still teaching...Are you getting 8 hr. ZZZ's per night? Do you lose sleep while staying up late grading papers, doing lesson plans, worrying about that misfit kid?

February 01, 2014 1:14 PM
Photo_on_2013-12-13_at_17 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1 dlabarb said...

Cursory research has teaching 6th for highest rates for depression, along w/ insomnia.  Read a few actual teachers' stories of insomnia ... it's too depressing this research.  Have to stop.  Marypjb:  I've been sleeping very well last 5 years, maybe 'cause retirement is getting closer! :)

February 01, 2014 1:20 PM
Photo_on_2013-12-13_at_17 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoHr-1 dlabarb said...

Mooseloop:  See above post.  But when insomnia was an issue, all of the things you mentioned were a part of the puzzle, I think, and a few more, i.e., money, top-down changes, etc.

February 01, 2014 1:45 PM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

I suppose I might have an easier time getting to sleep if I could break free of my addiction to dark roast. Then I would have to deal with withdrawal symptoms (headaches, crabby behavior), and furthermore life's fascinating enough that enhancing your ability to focus is a good thing.

February 01, 2014 2:57 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

Another retired teacher chimes in.........I was too exhausted to have trouble sleeping!!  I don't recall ever really having trouble going to sleep.....a few tosses and turns.....and I'm out!

February 01, 2014 3:23 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

On behalf of the students, I never had a problem sleeping in class, eyes wide open.

February 01, 2014 3:38 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 spring rain said...

I refuse to stay up late writing lesson plans or grading papers.  It takes 8 hours to do lesson plans and about 4 hours to grade papers.  My planning is taken up by everything else and I never get to plan.  I am losing planning two days this week back to back due to meetings and then on one of those days there's a meeting after school is over.  When I come home I crash.  No, I don't lose sleep about students.  I went to sleep last night at 7:30.  It exhausts me.   

February 01, 2014 3:40 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 spring rain said...

Things other than school keep me awake.

February 01, 2014 4:58 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

When I mentioned teachers getting by on 5 hrs., it was not from insomnia (being unable to go to sleep), but rather bc there were chores, home duties, school work to attend to before going back to face the hordes (students and demands of the administrators, curriculum writers) at 6 the next morning. Most mornings I had to be at school by 7:30 or near 8 with hall duty or bus duty, so had to get up by 6 to get ready and be out the door. Getting by on minimum sleep is not insomnia. No, I never had insomnia, as Carol said, I fell exhausted into the pillows.

Many careers I realize require long hours, and I am not meaning to sound whiny, just that the issue of sleep was the topic and I told how I was able to function on fewer than 8 (the recommended time) for many years....As I am sure others in different work did, too. Bert, as an attorney,you must have put in some long days preparing for the Bar and then prepping for a case, etc. for each Villager's work.
N'est pas? (BTW-- whiny can be whiney too, acc. to the dictionary.)

February 01, 2014 6:15 PM
1014 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 karma swim swami said...

ML: and whinny is what a horse does.

February 01, 2014 6:59 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Rusty said...

On this topic I remmeber dear Hazel and "nos da."

February 01, 2014 7:27 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 spring rain said...

ML~ you were not whining.  There are many jobs that follow people home.  What is misunderstood by many is they think teachers walk out the door with their purse as soon as the school busses pull off the lot.  Not true.  Many teachers stay after school finishing what could not be done during the day and then they take work home with them.  Many do not realize we are not paid 12 months a year either, and if we are it is because we have part of our paycheck taken out and placed somewhere else so we can have pay in the summer. 

February 02, 2014 12:03 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

 Falling softly and quickly into deep and peaceful sleep is not an ability, it’s a gift and one that I hope to get back to sometime this year but it won’t be tonight.

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