How to teach kids sleep importance

How to teach kids sleep importance

This bedtime story by Mo Willems is for children just starting school and into their second or third school year. It is a fun and interactive story to help explain why we need sleep. Mo Willems has won six Emmy Awards for his writing.

In the story the pigeon makes lots of excuses about not sleeping and it is a great way for parents to teach kids in a fun why sleep is so important. This book can prompt positive conversations about sleep.

The book can be purchased from this link or other sites and the price varies, but is around $10.

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/dont-let-pigeon-stay-late#cart/cleanup

   
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Sick in bed

Rest and sleep

 

Sick in bed

When you are home sick it is hard to just sleep all day sometimes – especially if you have a few things on your mind. Obviously if the jobs are strenuous it is out of the question, but if it is low key activity, you could probably do it around resting.

Sick in bedIt is the perfect time to make those appointments you have been meaning to book.

Sick in bedRead that book you have been trying to finish.

Sick in bedDo that one job that takes two seconds and you haven’t got around to doing.

Being at home sick can have its benefits… to catch up on things that are normally overridden by other immediate jobs. And the best thing is you can do the little things in your environment at your own pace depending how you are feeling.

   
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Listen to the car safety messages

Listen to the car safety messages

 

All motorists need to wake up to the safety warnings given by the Government, friends and family about car safety.

The signs of fatigue include:

  • yawning
  • heavy eyes
  • blurred vision
  • reduced concentration

If you experience these signs pull over to a safe place to rest or swap drivers and avoid driving tired. On long drives it is important to take a break every 2 hours.

In Australia the Government runs many campaigns regarding road safety.

Driving whilst being fatigued is just as dangerous as people who continue to use their mobile phone while driving…they are putting themselves and others at risk…greater than they could imagine.

If you are in the car and someone is texting or speaking whilst holding the phone…tell them to put it down. If they ignore you…ask them to stop the car. Hopefully, you are in the car with a responsible person who just needs to be seriously reminded of their actions.

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Sleep Breathing Problems Associated With Symptoms of Depression

Sleep Breathing Problems Associated With Symptoms of Depression

By David Volpi

New research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that people who experience sleep disordered breathing – snorting, gasping and/or stopped breathing during sleep – are more likely to suffer symptoms of depression than people who do not have these sleep-related breathing problems.

Searching for a Link

For the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the researchers polled a national sample of 9,714 male and female adults, 18 years of age or older. The participants were asked how often they experience snoring, snorting, gasping for breath or stopped breathing while asleep. The participants were also asked to complete a nine-question “depression screener” on how often they experienced symptoms associated with “probable major depression.” The researchers also took into account variables such as a participant’s race, ethnicity, age and education. It is important to note that participant’s answers were based on self-reported symptoms, and that some people may not be aware that they are suffering from sleep disordered breathing symptoms.

Results of the Survey

According to the results of the study, which are published in the April Sleep journal, sleep apnea, snorting, gasping and/or stopped breathing while sleeping were all associated with symptoms of depression, including feelings of hopelessness and failure.

Other results of the survey:

  • Of the men polled, 6.0 percent reported physician-diagnosed sleep apnea, 37.2 percent snored greater than or equal to five nights a week, 7.1 percent snorted/stopped breathing greater than or equal to five nights a week, and 5.0 percent had depression symptom screener scores greater than or equal to 10.
  • Among the women, 3.1 percent reported physician-diagnosed sleep apnea, 22.4 percent snored greater than or equal to five nights a week, 4.3 percent snorted/stopped breathing greater than or equal to five nights a week, and 8.4 percent had depression symptom screener scores greater than or equal to 10.
  • Sleep apnea was associated with probable major depression.
  • Snorting/stopped breathing greater than or equal to 5 nights a week was strongly associated with probable major depression in men and women.
  • Snoring was not found to be associated with symptoms of depression in men or women.

The Researcher’s Conclusion

Prior to the study, the researchers knew that depression and sleep disordered breathing are both common, but often misdiagnosed, medical conditions. They were also aware of previous studies on similar subjects. One study showed a link between the severity of breathing problems and the likelihood of later developing depression, and another indicated that people who were treated for their sleep apnea symptoms also showed improvement in their depression symptoms.

The researchers are hoping that the results of their CDC study encourage dialogue between mental health professionals and physicians – that both become more aware of the connection between sleep disordered breathing problems and symptoms of depression, and that sleep disordered breathing problems may also be an indicator of depression and vice versa.

Read the full study “Sleep Disordered Breathing and Depression among U.S. Adults: National Health and Nutrition Survey, 2005-2008.”

David Volpi, M.D., P.C., F.A.C.S. is a board-certified otolaryngology surgeon with Ear, Nose and Throat practices, Otolaryngology Associates, on the Upper West Side and Upper East Side and is a staff member of the best teaching hospitals New York City. David Volpi, M.D. realized that there is a lack of information on the part of the public about the potential severity of snoring. With the need for accurate information, diagnosis and treatment so necessary, he founded Eos Sleep, formerly Manhattan Snoring and Sleep Center to be a place where snoring patients can go for total, expert treatment — and he created this site to be a thorough information resource for the education of snoring sufferers throughout the world.
For more information, visit http://www.eossleep.com.

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Byron Katie

The Little Book and The Work

 

Since 1986 Byron Katie has been offering her view of thoughts. I have just discovered the readings and every night before bed I read more and more. I am excited about discovering a way to challenge my thoughts. I will keep posting my thoughts and progress.

http://www.byronkatie.com/

http://www.thework.com/index.php

http://www.thework.com/downloads/little_book/English_LB.pdf

The above website here is ‘The Little Book’ which is an introduction to The Work of Byron Katie. I have read this twice and I will probably read it again and probably again. The best thing is it is free. So before you rush out to buy the books…read this to see if it suits your way of thinking!

Byron Katie:

I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment. That joy is in everyone, always.

Byron Katie

Loving What Is
by Byron Katie with Stephen Mitchell

Byron Katie

I Need Your Love – Is That True?
by Byron Katie with Michael Katz

Byron Katie

A Thousand Names for Joy
by Byron Katie with Stephen Mitchell

Byron Katie

Question Your Thinking,
Change the World

by Byron Katie, edited by Stephen Mitchell

Byron Katie

Who Would You Be
Without Your Story?

by Byron Katie, edited by Carol Williams

Byron Katie

Tiger-Tiger, Is It True?
by Byron Katie, illustrated by Hans Wilhelm

Byron Katie

Peace in the Present Moment
by Byron Katie and Eckhart Tolle, with photographs by Michele Penn, and a foreword by Stephen Mitchell

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