Finally, some sleep relief

Recently I realized one night as I was reading my 900-page book before bed that I was finally sleeping better.

For years I have had a battle with sleep. And lack of sleep and tiredness was winning.

I usually fall asleep without an issue, but I wake up a lot (sometimes more than 10 times a night).

I went to my doctor in November to discuss my sleep issues. Everything I was already doing (like going to bed every night around the same time and waking up about the same time in the mornings) was what I should be doing.

But my doctor had one thing to add: Reduce screen time before bed.

Screen time=iPhones, smart phones, iPads, tablets, computer, Kindle, TV, etc.

My norm at the time and for years had been to fall asleep to the TV. From many years ago when I lived alone falling asleep to the TV was a comfort. And it was a bad habit I had continued until November.

My doctor suggested I reduce my screen time one to two hours before bed. Two hours is extreme for me. So I’ve been doing at least an hour.

My doctor told me it could take … Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day

When I was 9 and my brother was 5 our parents divorced.

The choices and decisions my mom made almost 30 years ago makes me the person and woman I am today.

At a time when few people were divorcing my mom made the best decision for herself and for her kids. And we struggled. But as I look back at the hard times and great memories I am proud of my mom and the little family we were.

One of my favorite memories were Friday nights. At the end of our week we would get a movie or two at the 99 cent video store and pizza from Little Caesars. We would pile on the sofa bed and watch movies and eat our pizza and zonk out.

Growing up with a single mom was very humbling. The sacrifices my mom made for John and me was truly an act of love. And I will always be grateful.

My mom has been retired for about 9 years, she owns her own house (has for many years), travels regularly, volunteers at many organizations (it’s like part-time job) and reads like crazy.

She is such an inspiration for how much she cares … Continue reading