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By Maria Gracia
September 2, 2017

  Today's Feature

An Organized Bedtime Routine for Better Sleep

We spend one-third of our lives sleeping. But what if you are one of those people who has trouble winding down at the end of the day? What can you do to make yourself better able to shut falling asleep is less of a challenge? Having a regular nighttime routine and sticking to it can work wonders when it comes to mentally shutting down at the end of the day.

For me, this involves a few things.

1) From about 8:30 on, I stop 'working.' This means no more making lists, writing, cleaning, brainstorming, or anything else that will make me feel like it is still go-time.

2) Doing something relaxing, such as sipping a cup of warm tea or soaking in a hot tub of bubbles helps to calm me and removes the stresses of the day.

3) I change out of my daytime clothes and into my pajamas which sends a message to my brain that it is time to unwind. I always wear 'real' pajamas with matching tops and bottoms, an outfit that I reserve ONLY for sleeping. Putting on sweatpants and T-shirts does not give me the same end-of-day feeling as a nice pair of PJs does.

4) Next, I go to my nightly skincare regimen of removing my makeup, washing, and moisturizing, followed by brushing my teeth.

5) When all of this is completed, I usually read for about 20 minutes. Although I read all types of books, I only read certain ones at this time of day. I never choose to read anything too heavy when I am in wind-down mode. How-to books, instruction manuals, or anything that requires a lot of concentration is always reserved for a time when I am not attempting to clear my head.

6) Reading with a book light (or nightstand light), instead of an overhead light, also tends to make me feel more sleepy and ready to call it a day. Although experts advise against it, I do sometimes read through my Facebook feed as a wind-down technique. I do, however, make sure that I significantly lower the brightness on my tablet since our sleep cycles are related to daylight and light in general.

7) If you sleep better with a little bit of background noise, a low running fan or quietly playing a sound machine can create just enough of a distraction to block out any disturbing outside noises and successfully lull you to the wonderful world of sleep. Every now and then, I'll actually use an app on my iPhone called 'Relax Melodies'...and I'll set it on a timer of 15 minutes to the sounds of a river, an ocean, or rain.

Wishing you peaceful and restful evenings ahead.

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  TO DO This Week

Week Beginning September 2

1. Clean and refill bird feeders. If your bird feeders have been empty for awhile, take a few moments to clean them out this week. Many are dishwasher safe. If yours aren't, you can clean them with dish soap and very hot water. Once dry, fill with bird food for your feathered friends.

Note: If your feeder is not empty and the food has been in there for an unusually long time, it's possible the seed is spoiled. If it is spoiled, birds typically avoid it as it can be toxic if ingested. If this is the case, dump it out, clean it, and refill it with new seed.

2. Inspect your fire extinguisher. Most fire extinguishers should work for a range of 5 to 15 years. Check the pressure gauge. If the needle is in the green area, it should be functional. If not, it may be time to replace it. No gauge on yours? It should then be checked by a professional. Google 'fire extinguishers' in your area to find a store that will check it for you.

In addition, if you notice any of these problems on your fire extinguisher, have it serviced or replaced right away:

1. The hose or nozzle is cracked, ripped or clogged
2. The pin is missing or unsealed
3. The handle is broken or wobbly
4. The inspection tag is missing

Finally, be sure your family knows where your fire extinguisher is...and how it works. Every home should have at least one in an area that can be easily and quickly accessed from all points in the house...especially the kitchen. If your home has more than one floor, it is recommended you have a fire extinguisher on each level.

3. Dust a dusty houseplant or two. For smooth leaves, wipe with a disposable electrostatic or reusable microfiber cloth. For hairy leaves or cactus plants, use canned compressed air to remove dust.

4. Start a declutter mission. Designate an empty box 'Donations' and place it in a very visible area where you and your family will see it every single day. At the end of the day, each person is responsible for placing at least one unused/unloved item into it...every single day for three weeks. At the end of the three weeks, bring the box to a local charity, or request donation pick-up if a charity in your area offers that service.

5. Set an apple picking date. Almost all 50 states have pick your own (PYO) apple picking orchards. Check locations and schedules, and set two dates for apple picking this main date, and one rain date.

In the meantime, find two new apple recipes you want to make this fall. Once you have your apples, give those recipes a whirl.

  In Closing

There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.

--Homer, The Odyssey

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