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Notice: Are you sleep deprived?

Sunday, December 07, 2014

This was sent to me and I thought worthy of sharing.

Did you know that sleep aids interfere with your normal sleep patterns?

In the afternoon, the sun's rays lose their blue light, which allows your body to produce melatonin and start making you sleepy. By the
evening, your brain does not expect any blue light exposure and is very
sensitive to it. The problem this creates for sleep is that most of our
favorite evening devices—laptops, tablets, televisions, and mobile
phones—emit short-wavelength blue light. And in the case of your laptop,
tablet, and phone, they do so brightly and right in your face. This
exposure impairs melatonin production and interferes with your ability
to fall asleep as well as with the quality of your sleep once you do nod
off. Remember, the sleep cycle is a daylong process for your brain.
When you confuse your brain by exposing it in the evening to what it
thinks is a.m. sunlight, this derails the entire process with effects
that linger long after you power down. The best thing you can do is
avoid these devices after dinner (television is okay for most people as
long as they sit far enough away from the set). If you must use one of
these devices in the evening, you can limit your exposure with a filter or protective eye wear. Direct quote from the article: "Sleep Deprivation is Killing You and Your Career" on LinkedIn Plus


I gathered some sleep tips from a few articles yesterday:
1. No sleeping pills, as they interfere with the important things our bodies and minds need to get from sleep.
2. No caffeine after mid-afternoon, at least.
3. Avoid blue light (laptops, tablets, cell phones,TV) by evening. (Blue light impairs melatonin production.)
4. Try to wake up same time every day.

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JANETELIZABETH1 12/8/2014 2:43AM

    I've got mixed views on this subject because I think it's hard to generalise. For example my 86 yr old neighbour has no access to the mentioned technology, watches TV until 10pm and then goes to bed but can't sleep until after midnight....
I do it all wrong but with absolute quiet can sleep peacefully.
Thanks for sharing Elaine. emoticon

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DAKARISAH430 12/7/2014 7:21PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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God calls Adelaide into the USA Air Force

Saturday, February 15, 2014

My youngest grand daughter Adelaide is going into the Air Force.

I remember those little eyes that sparkled with fun when she was little. She had curly red hair that bounced when she ran, a smile that could melt the hardest of hearts. Playing with favorite toys, dolls and dishes. Learning to spell and do math with her sisters help and learning to cook for family. Brothers and sisters enjoyed sometimes.

Adelaide was homeschooled and learned discipline at home.

She became a teenager who could cook a pleasant meal and invite grandma over; a girl that liked to have people over and be hospitable. Her favorite music always playing in the background. I am sure she was thinking often of friends and family and what would they like for a meal with her.

Than she became a teenager learning to drive and is all grown up and drives a truck. She was an active teen in her youth group at church and was proud and happy to watch the babies in the nursery.

She gave her heart to Jesus learning what the Bible says to her she felt that Baptism was right. One day we watched her do it.

Now, friends and family, at only nineteen, she feels called to join in the service of our country. Mixed emotions that I have are popping up ...

I am so proud of her!!

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    God bless and keep her! We live free because of those who serve.

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ZELLAZM 3/11/2014 4:29AM

    It does seem like such a big decision for such young people to make. God bless her for her desire to serve her country. And God bless her grandmother and family who have to see her go!

PS - just now catching up on a month's worth of buddies' blogs!

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LAYNIE428 3/3/2014 11:08PM

    Wow - what a brave young lady!

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JANETELIZABETH1 3/2/2014 12:50PM

    What a wonderful tribute to your granddaughter. I know you're looking forward to her graduation and hope she is able to endure the training with fortitude.

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EBLOOMING 2/26/2014 12:44AM

    Thank you so much for your comments. You have encouraged this gramma! Some tears come but I am reminded to pray when I think of her. She is not alone, I really am hanging onto that. emoticon emoticon emoticon Who would've thought that little curly red headed girl would be serving in our country!

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GRANDMANANCY 2/17/2014 7:47AM

    Elaine..... I am proud to know you...and Adelaide through you. She is never alone! How glorious a thought that is! She has grown as you would want her to grow...into a beautiful, strong woman. I will place her at the top of my prayer list.

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JUSTPEACHY1 2/16/2014 6:06PM

    Elaine, You sure can be a proud grandma! Praying for Adelaide to be strengthened by God during her boot camp. I always reminded my son that he was never alone when he was serving in the Army. emoticon

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NELLIEC 2/15/2014 2:57PM

    Yes! Be proud of her! She sounds like a great young person!

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Words Beautiful Words

Sunday, February 09, 2014

"Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose." Proverbs 18:21 (MSG)

I am going to ask God to help me to speak words of encouragement in all the relationships He brings into my life today. Words that build up and not tear down. Words that speak truth with love. Words that are beautiful and bring honor to God Himself. Only by His grace can this happen.

We recently had a lot of snow. For Oregon 7-8 inches is treacherous and we do not know how to handle it. We are not equipped with snowplows and most families do not even have a shovel. I needed to dig out a path so the garbage could be moved out and my neighbor, generous as he is offered his. I asked my friend to help and he accused me of 'going to be a task master'. I say this to be an example of words that hurt. I was not trying to make a list as he pointed out but only needed help. Those words although they were probably not intended to hurt me did so and made me think about how I say things to others.

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    Thank you for sharing a great thing to focus on, speaking words of kindness. I am sorry your friend hurt your feelings. I know words can hurt. I hear the often.

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STARPESCADO 2/9/2014 7:55PM

    Sending positive thoughts your way - Huggies :)

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ZELLAZM 2/9/2014 6:20PM

    This is a good intention to focus on for the day (and for life!)

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    Such truth. I'm struggling over words today myself. Little boys words have been so hurtful for several days and I'm having a hard time moving past them. I know I must...but it is hard.

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NELLIEC 2/9/2014 5:04PM

    I suspect your friend has issues with worrying about being bossed around.

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Smart Ways To Soothe Muscle Soreness

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Smart Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles

Decode, Treat and Prevent 5 Common Types of Post-Workout Pain

-- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor

Muscle Cramps
At one time or another, you've probably experienced a muscle cramp in your calf, foot or hamstring. Muscle cramps are basically sudden, involuntary contractions or spasms. They most commonly occur after exercise or at night and can last from a few seconds to several minutes. Muscle cramps can be caused by nerves that malfunction due to a health problem such as a spinal cord injury or a pinched nerve in the neck or back. Most muscle cramps have far less concerning causes like straining or overusing a muscle, dehydration, a lack of minerals in your diet, a depletion of minerals in your body, or low blood flow to your working muscles.

How to prevent it: Eating a healthy, nutritious diet and taking a multivitamin can help, as can making sure you're drinking enough water. Regular stretching and not overdoing it in your workouts will help prevent muscle cramps as well. Replacing lost electrolytes during prolonged (greater then 90 minutes) workout sessions is also helpful.

How to treat it: Cramps can be very painful, but stretching or gently massaging the muscle can relieve the pain. If you're in the middle of a workout and a cramp comes on, stop if necessary until it subsides; just be sure to monitor how you're feeling overall as suddenly stopping during exercise can cause lightheadedness or fainting.

What not to do: When your muscle is cramping, the worst thing you can do is flex it. Flexing that muscle only increases the strength of the cramp and causes you more pain. Instead, elongate the muscle to stretch it out. For example, when you get a cramp in your calf, your instinct may be to point your toes but instead, just pull the toes of your foot up, giving the calf muscle a nice stretch. smart ways to soothe muscle soreness

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/21/2014 9:53PM

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Thank you so much for this very useful information. I am sharing it with my DH and DD if you don't mind.
Your granddaughter is absolutely beautiful!!!
Blessings and hugs,

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NELLIEC 1/21/2014 2:52PM

    Yes! Good topic! I also like the pictures of your grand daughter!

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ZELLAZM 1/21/2014 3:51AM

    Good tips - and lovely little lady!

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EBLOOMING 1/21/2014 12:46AM

    Picture of the runner is my gd Josie, same one at the bottom.

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Mud Mucking In The Rain ~ umbrella in hand...5k Pearl Pilates for Parkinsons

Sunday, September 29, 2013

I want to thank my daughter for inviting me to the Parkinson's walk at Oaks Park. It was a bit difficult for me to do a 5K since I am not really in that great of shape. (Mud, mucking in the rain no less) It sure reminded me to get going, get with it with a routine of walking, gym workouts of strength training, joining a yoga class or.... hey wouldn't it be fun to join the Pearl Pilates Studio!!!???!!!

My that was inspirational and really brought my goals into sight more clearly:

~ Walking or Tread Mill
~ Strength Training
~ Yoga or Silver Sneakers

I made the 3 miles and 7500 steps but oh so tired and hurting.

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How are you doing now?

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KACIE209 10/2/2013 8:23AM

    Great job!!!

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ZELLAZM 10/1/2013 4:53PM

    WTG - in any case an accomplishment and a rekindled Spark are great results!
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JANETELIZABETH1 10/1/2013 4:11PM

    Well done, you did so well...hope you all raised lots of $$$ for the good cause!

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NELLIEC 9/30/2013 3:47PM

    It is great that you participated in the walk! Splosh, splash!

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GRANDMANANCY 9/30/2013 7:08AM

    I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Sounds like a day you will never forget! Keep going Elaine. We can do this !

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/29/2013 11:52PM

    So sorry you had such awful weather but how great that you were able to participate in the Parkinson's Walk!!! I am very proud of your for getting it done!!!
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Blessings and hugs,

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