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One For The Insomniacs

Woke up last night, couldn’t get back to sleep, at the gym at 4.00am.

I’m normally there by 5.00, but I can’t stand just lying awake waiting for it to be time to get up.

And you can’t let the day get away from you.

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Runaway Alarm Clocks

I wake up by myself every morning.
Even when I set alarms I wake up and turn them off.
Clocky and Tocky are alarm clocks that run off, so you wake up trying to catch them.
Obviously they’re useless for teenagers: they’d just spin around in all the rubbish.
And I refuse to believe people so tidy that these things would free-range around would have trouble waking up.
Anyway, I need to get to sleep.

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Body Clock Linked To Mood Disorders (via BBC News)

This report by James Gallagher, a health and science correspondent for BBC news is based on a Lancet Psychiatry study of 91,000 people “found a disrupted body clock was linked with depression, bipolar disorder and other problems.”
Significantly, the report does note that “the study cannot tell if the disruption is causing the mental illness or is just a symptom of it”.
I’ve pretty much locked in my sleep times now, waking the same time every morning without an alarm (and getting up), and generally going to sleep within an hour or so of my preferred time most nights.
I think it has helped my well-being.
I didn’t really ever have trouble sleeping, but I am more rested and less tired these days.
Read the article here.

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Ten Things To Know About Sleep (via BBC News)

This article from BBC Health contains some interesting data and facts about sleep.
There are international figures that include Australia and age specific info as well.
I found the breakdown of which ages (and genders) are having the most trouble sleeping stood out.
Go here.

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God Watches, We Surrender

An excerpt from a brief article about sleep and rest written by Zack Groff.

God Watches, We Surrender
We lay down at night, trusting our infinite God to keep us in His care. Pastor Adrian Reynolds expresses this idea poignantly: “the willingness to lie down and sleep is itself an expression of trust in the sovereign hand of God. Nothing is going to happen to me that He does not determine.” We are to trust God completely, regardless of our situation.
Rest generally is a form of creaturely surrender to God the Creator. The universal need for regular times of rest testifies to humanity’s great need for God as both Protector and Sustainer. Through soaring mountain ranges, immeasurable ocean depths, and the immensity of cosmic space, God impresses us with a sense of His awesome power. Yet through the frailty of the human condition, God helps us to understand His invisible attributes by way of contrast rather than by direct analogy. Men must rest from their labors while God works out His will unremittingly in Providence. Men are dependent whereas God depends upon nothing. Men must sleep, but God is ever watchful.
Physical rest also provides daily occasion for thanksgiving. Though we have nothing else, to awake in the morning full of life is to open our eyes to God’s praiseworthiness. Rising in the morning to a symphony of life in a home full of children, or to the delicious smells of a hot breakfast, or to a house kept safe through the night should drive us to our knees in thanksgiving to God for His gracious favour.

Read the rest of the post here.

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Mosquitoes At Night (via Doghouse Diaries)

A great feature of living in Mount Gambier (and never, ever, going camping) is that mosquitoes are basically non-existent.
But I can still remember life in those bug infested parts of Australia, and have done pretty much all of these when I forgot the Aerogard…