Saturday, February 8, 2014


by Mary Kennedy           

If you’re tossing and turning for hours and the idea of a good night’s sleep is just an elusive dream, you’re not alone. A recent study revealed that a third of adult Americans feel sleep deprived. Racing thoughts, worries about work and family responsibilities keep their brain on high alert; they simply can’t relax and let go.

If you’re feeling exhausted, here are a few simple tricks to get you and your sleep patterns back on track.

Have you ruled out medical or psychological issues? Chronic pain, anxiety, stress, worry and depression all can inhibit a good night’s sleep.
Noise and light will rob you of sleep. Any light source that’s brighter than a four watt bulb can interfere with melatonin production which is necessary for a good night's sleep. Black out shades can be effective in reducing early morning light. A “white noise” machine can help with annoying background noises.
Finally, most sleep experts recommend banishing your pets from the bedroom. Yes, I know that's hard to do, our furry friends love to be near us.                                                  

What do you do when you just can't sleep? (And by the way, Mr. Jingles can be adopted at UPAWS, Marquette County's no-kill shelter in MI.)

by Mary Kennedy