Where do you fall?

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Graphic from sleepjunkie.com

Research shows we are actually genetically predisposed to be either a morning or an evening person. According to chronobiology (the study of time in living things), cells in everything from plants to people work on their own internal ‘clock’.

So, when you had a Father who woke up at 4 am every morning for years after driving the boys to hockey practice and a Mother who stayed up reading or doing chores until 1 am and would still prefer that schedule, where does a dievca fall on that genetic predisposition?  Note: One brother is up at 4 am, the other is up until 2 am…

This question is lurking in dievca’s mind as she tries to get better quality sleep during her perimenopause phase…

Well~ work dictates and this Summer is asking for 6 am starts~

dievca will follow her Dad’s guidance and be an Early Bird – at least until she catches her second wind at 10 pm one night throw the best laid plans into Night Owl mode.


A grueling week has ended.


Weighted Blankets helping hot flashes? (Something of use)

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Although other medical conditions can cause them, hot flashes most commonly are due to menopause — the time when menstrual periods become irregular and eventually stop. In fact, hot flashes are the most common symptom of the menopausal transition.

During a hot flash, you might have:

  • A sudden feeling of warmth spreading through your chest, neck and face
  • A flushed appearance with red, blotchy skin
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Perspiration, mostly on your upper body
  • A chilled feeling as the hot flash lets up
  • Feelings of anxiety

The frequency and intensity of hot flashes vary among women. Hot flashes may be mild or so intense that they disrupt daily activities. They can happen at any time of day or night. Nighttime hot flashes (night sweats) may wake you from sleep and can cause long-term sleep disruptions.

Weighted blankets are therapeutic blankets that weigh between 5 to 30 pounds. The pressure from the extra weight mimics a therapeutic technique called deep pressure stimulation.

Deep pressure stimulation uses hands-on pressure to relax the nervous system. Doing so may help:

  • relieve pain
  • lessen anxiety
  • improve mood

Deep pressure stimulation doesn’t have to be completely hands on. With weighted blankets, the same pressure comes from having the blanket wrapped around the body.

dievca learned about weighted blankets from a friend in Europe who is a Therapist – they issue the blankets to their patients. dievca bought one because the color made her happy, it matched her bedding and she thought she would try it while napping~

she didn’t realize that it would became important a part of her strategy to get deep sleep during perimenopause~

Numbers – as a trend, don’t lie. 

Though dievca sleeps 7-8 hours a night — according to her watch, she wasn’t going into the “deep sleep” phase  for very long.  she could feel that she needed something more for healing and weight loss. dievca modified her eating/drinking patterns, bed time consistency, showering pattern, etc.  Not working.  The “hot flashes” got her at the end of a sleep cycle throughout the night, every time – and minimal deep sleep (5-10 min a night) occurred only at the beginning of the night.  

Enter the weighted blanket….

Add 15 min – 1 hour of deep sleep.  

“Hot Flashes” still occur towards morning – but there are less blocks of wake-up time between sleep cycles.

You may be asking – “Doesn’t the weighted blanket make you hotter?”

Bearaby sunbeam-velvet-napperdievca’s Bearaby Velvet Napper has a large weave with “holes” for air flow and she pushes it off as much as any other blanket during a “hot flash”.  You do have to be careful because the blanket is heavy and one can strain a muscle if you don’t pay attention. (Yes, it happened.) But, the time underneath that weighted blanket yields longer and consistent “deep sleep” which is where a body can heal.

Something of use.


Sexy Sleep Eyes

Clash By Night 1952 Marilyn Monroe

Master, it’s been a long two weeks. Your dievca might just need to sleep.
After the nap, she’ll look at you with sexy sleepy eyes and ask,
“How may I serve my Master?” Read the rest of this entry »


As we FALL FWD to Daylight Savings – a sleep analysis

With the extra hour of sleep…
Do you sleep in the nude?
Why? or why not?

A survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Mattress Advisor found that no matter what their choice of sleepwear, all respondents listed their top reasons behind their choices as comfortability, temperature issues (being either too hot or too cold when sleeping), and relaxation.

Twenty-six percent of pajama-wearers said they prefer to be clothed so they don’t have to wash their sheets as frequently!
This leads to the discussion that both parties seem to keep one particular unhealthy habit – reporting they only wash their sheets an average of three times a month.

Note: The general rule of thumb is to wash your sheets at least once a week. The average person produces 26 gallons of sweat in bed each year – that’s about nine fluid ounces each night. Continuing to sleep on the same sheets night after night not only poses health risks with bacteria build-up and can also impact the quality of sleep you’re getting.

Although 36% of those who sleep nude said it’s healthier to sleep naked, the fear of accidentally being seen in their birthday suit was a concern of 24% of pajama-wearers.

Three in 10 of all respondents said they felt pressure to look attractive when hitting the hay with their significant other in the early stages of their relationship.

Fifty-four percent of pajama-wearers even said they changed their sleeping attire altogether to impress their significant other.

In fact, despite wearing pajamas or not, respondents said it took an average of three months to feel their most comfortable about their clothing choice when going to sleep with their partner.

Sleeping nude does seem to improve your sex life, however, at an average of five times a week compared to four times a week for those who wear pajamas.

At the end of the day, however, both parties agreed that losing their pajamas increases intimacy between partners – at 71%.


Faceplant

It doesn’t happen often – but sometimes you end up face down, a** up at 9 pm, and don’t wake until 7:30 am.  Its not COVID-19, it was just a week.

Anyone else?


The energy you expend


has to be regenerated, somehow.

dievca passed out early and hard, woke up late, and is re-energized.

Happy Sunday to you!


and sometimes…


…you pass out because you are just that exhausted.
dievca hopes you slept as hard as she did.


The sting in the tail~

Sometimes traveling goes well. Easy flights, no wait at the baggage claim area, the rental car choice is excellent.  That makes your trip roll along smoothly.

But, air travel can be likened to a scorpion.

There is a sting in the tail…

Catching a cold.

Microbiologists have tested planes and found that germs are commonplace, and can survive for hours or days after the passenger who brought them on board has departed.

Some of the 200 or so viruses that can cause the common cold can infect people for up to 18 hours after they have left the body, and flu viruses can infect people for up to eight hours after being let loose.

As well as causing the common cold and influenza, these bugs and viruses can cause everything from skin diseases and upset stomachs. Studies have found MRSA and E. Coli can live on the plane for over a week.

Where are the dirtiest places on a plane?

  • Tray table
  • Overhead air vents
  • Toilet flush buttons
  • Seat belt buckles

A 2013 report conducted for the Federal Aviation Administration in the US concluded that while fresh air is germ-free at high altitudes, aircraft HEPA filters effectively remove bacteria and viruses, as well as dust and fungi.

However, there could be a greater risk of exposure when the plane is parked at the gate, when auxiliary power units generally provide ventilation and not the aircraft’s own system. This helps germs to spread through the cabin more easily.

Another culprit could be the low relative humidity of cabin air. The typical relative humidity on planes is around 11 per cent. Some research suggests that low humidity interrupts the Mucociliary Clearance System, which consists of a thin layer of mucus and tiny hairs in the nose. This protective system traps viruses and bacteria and moves them from the nose to the throat, where they are swallowed and destroyed by acid in the stomach.

Because this system no longer works properly, bacteria and viruses get easier access to your lungs.

Whatever way it gets to you…you run the risk of becoming sick on a flight from directly inhaling particles in the air from someone’s coughing or sneezing. You can also become sick if you touch an infected surface and then touch your eyes, mouth or nasal passages.

(Note: dievca got the armrests and toilet handle – but she missed the tray table and seat buckle with her cleaning activities. And she sat at the gate for an extra hour on the last flight. Sigh.)

dievca’s solution is this:

Photo: Guy Jacques 09/2008 Sexy Sleep

And this:

(click on the photo for the recipe)

dievca’s chicken noodle soup

 


Enter my coccon~


Entangled in the sheets.
Enmired in the depths.
Soft fabrics, cozy temperatures,
I won’t emerge soon.

10.5 hours and I’m still reading in bed….my coffee craving will kick me out.

(Photo: Marilyn Monroe by Milton Greene 1953)

Becoming the Worm~

Shel Silverstein Poem

~This little worm is digging in and sleeping the morning away~
You? Have a good day.

The composite elements of dievca’s bed:
Ethan Allen, Ralph Lauren, The Company Store. Hotel Collection


How’s the weather?

M.
Starfished nude on the bed.
No covers and just a fan moving the air.
Wafting it past my moist skin, causing my nipples to pucker.
It’s hot in the City.
d.


Yes…I think I will…

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Dragged in by the Cat

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Greek Kitty Yawning

Did you know that the Brussels Airport workers went on strike last week?
(Politico: Brussels Airport Baggage Handlers On Strike)

Didn’t really make the news in the USA, huh?
Sorta made the news in Europe.
Asia?
A little.

Made big news for dievca when it caused her to miss her flight — and she had to buy another ticket home. Some good came out of it, she got to stay with a friend on the Amsterdam Canals — there was fantastic weather in the Nederlands. Beer, wine, Indonesian Food, sunsets and good company tends to ease the pain a bit.

Cat dragged in...Audrey HepburnBut the cheapest flight took her on a wild ride and she fell into bed after missing a lot of sleep. dievca would like to think that she looked like Audrey — but she really doubts it.

Hope your travels have been smoother.
XO
d.