Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sleep deprivation = stress!

Welcome dear friends to Natasha in Oz! I am so glad you stopped by to visit today. I hope I am coherent today...I am so tired as I have been having lots of very interrupted sleep these last few nights.

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 .  

 Image from Dreamstime.com
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!

As fate would have it, today I received my e-newsletter from Notebook:magazine and the lead article is all about SLEEP!!! I intend following every piece of advice they suggest on how to get a good night's sleep. Holly Davis suggests that stress, anxiety and parenting children causes sleeplessness (she obviously doesn't have a tawny frogmouth outside her window or she would have included this on her list for sure), so, since I can't get rid of the kids and I REALLY need more sleep, I will try to follow a few of her tips and hopefully get a better sleep tonight.

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

Aveeno Stress Relief Body wash via instyle.com

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

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A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.  ~Charlotte Brontë


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