Island Senior: Sleep Awareness Week

Posted March 1, 2020 at 5:15 am by

Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae…

Jeff Bridges — Sleep­ing Tapes

One of my favorite quotes about sleep comes from for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Col­in Pow­ell who said, “I’m sleep­ing like a baby… Every two hours I wake up scream­ing.” Hope­ful­ly your sleep is more rest­ful!  As we get old­er many of us have less than bliss­ful sleep yet sci­ence tells us more and more how crit­i­cal sleep is to our over all well being.

March 8 – 14 is Sleep Aware­ness Week. The March issue of the San Juan Island Senior Sig­nal, the newslet­ter perk that comes with your Senior Cen­ter mem­ber­ship, has an excel­lent arti­cle cov­er­ing com­mon sleep prob­lems, insom­nia, snor­ing, sleep apnea, and more. The arti­cle goes on to list ways to com­bat these prob­lems; low­er your stress lev­el, keep to a reg­u­lar sched­ule, don’t eat spicy food before bed­time, to name a few.

I have mixed feel­ing about hav­ing elec­tron­ics in the bed­room because I like to drift off lis­ten­ing to audio­books or pod­casts. An advan­tage is occu­py­ing your mind with some­thing oth­er than man­u­fac­tur­ing wor­ries. There are down­sides. It can take a long time to fin­ish an audio­book this way and if lis­ten­ing to a pod­cast you may be blast­ed awake a few hours lat­er by the next pod­cast in your que.

Actor Jeff Bridges (The Dude) made Sleep­ing Tapes in 2015 that I have found use­ful when sleep is elu­sive. Sleep­ing Tapes is a spo­ken word/ambient album by Bridges that you can stream online for free or pur­chase with all pro­ceeds from album sales going to Share Our Strength­’s No Kid Hun­gry cam­paign. Says Bridges, “The world is filled with too many peo­ple in need of rest – that’s why I filled my sleep­ing tapes with intrigu­ing sounds, nois­es and oth­er things to help you get a good night’s rest.” I find his deep voice soothing.

To observe Sleep Aware­ness Week I rec­om­mend mak­ing a big mug of chamomile tea and kick­ing back with the Dude. Sweet dreams!

Link to: Sleep Foun­da­tion

Link to: Jeff Bridges – Sleep­ing Tapes

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