Monthly Archives: January 2015

IS YOUR SLEEP REFRESHING?

Hello again:

Isn’t it annoying when you have trouble sleeping? Roughly 30 percent of adults in the USA experience some type of sleep problem. There are numerous types of sleep disorders that could be leading you to have less than desirable sleep, which in turn will lead to poor health.

Let me name just a few:
1. Insomnia
2. Obstructive Sleep Apnea
3. Narcolepsy

sleep

INSOMNIA
This is one of the most common sleep disorders for a retiree to experience.If you have ever experienced it you will remember the trouble you had falling asleep,or staying asleep.You know the tossing and turning, watching the clock, staring at the ceiling, counting sheep or trying any other method that you think may work.

Insomnia may be acute i.e. of short duration, or chronic lasting over a longer period of time- typically 3 or more nights per week.

What is the cause of Insomnia? It could stem from medications ( many retirees take several medications that could be the culprit); or a change in location ( e.g. you are travelling and in a strange hotel bed); or you could be anxious about an unresolved issue; or perhaps your internal clock ( circadian rhythm) is out of sync.

If Insomnia continues you could have chronic fatigue, irritability, poor concentration, and mood changes.

OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA

This is another sleep problem that according to the Mayo clinic, is a potentially serious sleep disorder. Breathing stops and starts while the person is asleep.The tongue blocks the airway and cuts off breathing temporarily.I believe most of us know someone who snores loudly then suddenly the sound stops, and you wait anxiously to hear them take another breath.Quite scary!

The individual will feel tired, and lackluster the next day even after a full night’s sleep.

NARCOLEPSY

Reportedly there are approximately 100,000 Americans who suffer from this dangerous disorder. The individual will fall asleep almost instantly no matter where they are! This is truly dangerous because it could be that they are operating equipment, or driving a car.

According to the National Institutes of health “Narcolepsy is a chronic brain disorder that involves poor control of sleep wake cycles.” These “sleep attacks” usually last a few seconds or a few minutes.

Narcolepsy is a worldwide problem affecting both men and women alike.It is a lifelong condition that is generally under diagnosed.

While I was in the work world, I did observe a few people who had this condition. I recall one individual who tended to sleep at her desk, and in meetings.Thankfully her supervisor had the wisdom to recommend that she should see her doctor.This led to a happy ending because she was diagnosed and treated quickly.

FOLLOW UP AND TREATMENT

Sleep disorders can be of short duration or can be a chronic problem. They stem from a number of causes, including brain dysfunction, medications or sleep pattern disturbances.

Whatever the cause, they can result in the individual feeling tired, irritable, with poor concentration,or other symptoms.

If you or someone you know have experienced any of these symptoms, it is very important to see your doctor asap. Sleep is such an important part of our lives, that a refreshing night’s sleep can energize the whole body. On the contrary, poor sleep can leave us feeling worn and torn.

Please share your experiences about any sleep related problems, and any solutions that helped you to overcome them.

Have a good night’s rest!

Hanna

How to set new goals in 2015.

 

Hello again:

Want to perk up your days in 2015? Want to have a healthier mind and body?  Why not learn a new skill?

The experts tell us that it is so important for us to keep our minds sharp, and healthy by engaging it in new activities that will challenge our thinking processes.

I know that you must have that one activity that you have been hesitant to try because of fear, lack of opportunity, cost, or any number of real or imagined obstacles. I know I have!

It could very well be a hobby that you enjoyed earlier in life, but could not make the time for it with a busy work schedule. What about gardening, or crocheting?

That brings to mind other interesting things like sewing, doing crossword puzzles, or writing.

Have you mastered the Internet, or just want to learn more about it ? What about social media? What is your comfort level with Facebook, Twitter, or You Tube? Could it be that technology (including smart phones) leave you cold?

Let’s face it. Retirement today looks far different from retirement 20 or even 10 years ago. Those of us who are retired expect to keep on living life to the fullest, as God blesses us.

Many retirees are learning new job skills, and some are choosing to retire much later in life than the traditional age of 65 years. Some are starting new businesses, travelling to exotic destinations, or learning a new language.

If you are healthy the sky is the limit! Even if you have health issues, you are still able to do more than a retiree of yesteryear.How many times do you see retirees in wheelchairs travelling by air, car,or boat? I know more than one retiree who travels yearly to visit family and friends, or to attend church activities.

I am challenging you to set new goals, or to revise those that you never accomplished!

Here is my list of 2015 goals: Losing 20 pounds, travelling to Europe and the Caribbean, more proficiency with technology, learning to swim( for real this time), and setting aside more time for religious, and charitable activities.

What are your goals? I encourage you to write them down.In addition, determine a timeline to begin, and the resources that you will need in order to be successful.

I would love to hear your goals for 2015, and how you plan to accomplish them. Here’s to a healthy retirement in 2015!

Hanna