Sleep and Potato Chips! What Could Be More Fun To Celebrate?

Mar 14th

It’s Friday! It’s Friday! Do a little dance, It’s Friday! Yeah!  Don’t you just LOVE Fridays?  Well, if you don’t work on Saturday you probably love them.  If you work Saturday, well, maybe you don’t.  I LOVE THEM!  It’s actually be a pretty fast week for me, so in all honesty it doesn’t feel like it should be Friday quite yet – but I will not argue with the calendar.  It says that it is Friday and I accept that!

Learn About Butterflies Day – Butterflies are so beautiful, and it’s nearly that time of year when we will be seeing them flitting around showing off their lovely colors.  I had to wonder, since butterflies are mostly out in the summer, why would we celebrate them before it is even officially spring?  Well, the answer I found is that as we get into summer people get busy with all of their activities and don’t actually take the time to learn something new, so while it is still sort of yucky out everyone is encouraged to read about butterflies so they are prepared to better appreciate these delicate winged creatures as they appear in our backyards.  You can prepare for the butterflies by reading about them, buying a Butterfly identification book, so you can name the ones you see, and most importantly learn how to attract them to your yard.  Planting flowers they like is a great way to do this.  No matter the preparations you make for viewing them, now is a good time so you are completely ready when they make their appearance.

National Pi Day – Pi (Not PIE)  a mathematical concept  and a number that never ends….at least no one has found the end yet. Most often you will see pi rounded off to 3.14, since it’s a number that never ends and we’d run out of room to try to write it down.  If you are a mathematician (this includes engineers) then this is your day!  It also happens to be the birthday of physicist Albert Einstein.  Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 . . . which ironically enough is 3-14!  Pi was around long before Einstein, so what a fun coincidence! 

International Ask A Question Day – How many questions can you possibly think of to ask on this day! What? How? Where? How? Why? HMMM?  Today you ask the burning questions that have been just hanging out in the back corners of your mind.  Since we’ve all heard that there’s no such thing as a stupid question   (I disagree, but it wasn’t my saying), so go ahead and think up the craziest, most bizarre question that you want to have answered and ask!  It’s also a good day to bring issues up that you may have been reluctant to bring up – so get to asking!

World Sleep Day – Are you feeling a little lacking in the energy department? Reaching for an extra cup of coffee to stay awake?  Yawning and wishing you were back in bed an hour after you got up?  The truth is that our health and sleep habits may be contributing to a lack of good, quality sleep – and that can lead to other health problems.  Today, all over the world, people are celebrating sleep and bringing awareness to important issues that are related to sleep.  The theme this year is ‘Restful Sleep, Easy Breathing, Healthy Body’.  So how do you know if you are getting restful sleep?  Well, good, restorative sleep is continuous and uninterrupted, deep and of adequate length.  If you achieve all of these then you should be feeling rested and alert all day long.  Not getting enough sleep impedes concentration, attention and alertness.  It can even be dangerous be leading to auto accidents.  People with obstructive sleep apnea may not even realize how many times they are waking up through the night, but if your airway isn’t open enough, then you are not getting good sleep.  One of the biggest risk factors for sleep apnea is being overweight or obese.  Extra fat in the upper airway can reduce the throat opening, while a large abdomen can interfere with the pumping action of the diaphragm.  Studies show that losing weight alone can often eliminate sleep apnea.  Other risks for sleep apnea include smoking.  Quit smoking, and risk for sleep apnea is reduced.  Getting better sleep leads to better health, and in reverse, better health leads to even better sleep! Being alert and rested can make you feel more motivated to get regular exercise and eat healthfully, while not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling lethargic and too tired to move.  Studies have also shown that lack of sleep for just a few days disrupts hormone and metabolism levels and that results in increased appetite and calorie intake.

This Day In History

1794 – Eli Whitney patents the Cotton Gin.     
1932 – George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak Company, commits suicide rather than facing the ravages of cancer.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Potato Chip Day – Americans LOVE potato chips!  We, as a nation, spend more than $3 billion dollars worth of potato chips every year.  That’s a LOT of chips!  What are your favorites? Mine are sea salt and vinegar. YUM!

Well, the one that sticks out to me is potato chip day!  The ONE thing I’m NOT really celebrating is FOOD! (sadly enough)  You all enjoy it for me and let me know how it goes.  It’s off to work I go!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!



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