Sunday, January 16, 2011

Lifestyle -- Sleep

I am going to keep my post shorter tonight in support of one goal: more sleep.

This intangible thing called 'sleep' has become a commodity.  It is negotiated, exchanged, compromised, discounted, and downgraded. 

But there is upside to its scarcity: free time; time to get organized; be the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker; time to read, and think, learn and create. 

It really has nothing to do with sleep.  It's just that I love being awake.

Is there anything that can make the lifestyle choice of 'more sleep' easier to incorporate into busy schedules?  Here are some ideas from the National Sleep Foundation:
  • Listen to music – begin an hour or more before the time you expect to fall asleep.
  • Create a relaxing environment.  Pay attention to lighting.
  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
So many positive choices.  I see higher thread count in my near future.

Note the time stamp on this post...I have some work sleep to do.

Sleep well and be well.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Magnificent Magnesium

In 2009, after nearly four years of relentless stress, I decided to take a break from the stress-cycle and replenish myself with nourishment, sleep, fun, family, friends, and sunshine.  Easier said than done.  I thought that vacations, vitamins, and exercise would be a quick fix but feeling great did not happen overnight. 

And then I met magnesium.   We clicked.  Not quite as magical as Vitamin D.  But still magnificent.

Stupid me I assumed that:
1. I was getting plenty of magnesium in my diet and
2. That it was abundant in my multi-vitamin

"Magnesium is a vital catalyst in enzymes involved in energy production." 
"...a deficiency can interfere with nerve and muscle impulses, causing irritability and nervousness." 
"...aids in maintaining the body's proper pH." 
"...aids in maintaining normal body temperature." 
"...possible manifestations of deficiency include cardiac arrhythmia." 
"...is effective in preventing premature labor."

Keep in mind that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's RDAs (recommended daily allowances) do not account for the amount needed to maintain maximum health, only the amount needed to prevent deficiency. 

Your doctor can test for magnesium deficiency.  Magnesium deficiency is very common in the United States.