New Scientist's Jessica Hamzelou recently reported on a study of the sleeping patterns of mice which suggested that sleep deprivation may play a role in the development of Alzheimer's disease. The findings are some of the first to link sleep with the development of Alzheimer's/dementia. David Holtzman studied levels of amyloid beta - a protein that accumulates in the brain of people with Alzheimer's - in mice that were genetically engineered to have a version of Alzheimer's disease. Now, I know this seems like a very random topic to be blogging about but this study has got me really worried because lately I have been having a terrible time with sleep, mainly due to the fact that we have a feathered friend come and visit us every morning from about 4:30 AM onwards! This bird has tormented us for the last 5 years and over the years Mr Attorney has conducted a thorough investigation into the creature and identified it as a Tawny Frogmouth .
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They breed from August to December, usually nesting in the same tree each year. Our feathered-friend's tree just happens to be right outside our bedroom window!!!! Now you know why sleep is on my weary mind!
I am going to exercise more today by going to the driving range with my dad, I will try to clear my mind before sleeping by reading "A Town like Paris", I will have a warm bath with my new Bain aux Plantes "tonic" from Clarins,
or maybe a relaxing shower with some Aveeno Stress Relief Body Wash
and I will try to drink less coffee throughout the day.
Now, if I could just do something about that bird.....
Best wishes until next time,
Natasha In Oz
A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow. ~Charlotte Brontë