Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Beauty Sleep or Sleeping Beauty? by Connie Vines

Beauty Sleep, what I wouldn't give for a good night's sleep.  How many times have we uttered those very words during our adult life?

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Remember the luxury of childhood, when you could fall into a deep sleep--any time, any place?

What we learned as children from the Sleeping Beauty Fairytale:

Filled with jealousy, the evil witch Maleficent curses Princess Aurora to die on her 16th birthday. Thanks to Aurora's guardian fairies, she only falls into a deep sleep that can be ended with a true-love's kiss (from her betrothed, Prince Phillip ). To prevent Phillip from rescuing Aurora, Maleficent kidnaps and imprisons him. The good fairies are the last hope to free Phillip so that he can awaken Aurora.

This is not restorative sleep. Nor does it hold the key to longevity that woman (and people in general)  strive to attain. For most of my adult life I've managed to function on six-or-less hours of sleep each night.

Was it a subconscious fear (Sleep Beauty Syndrome)? Naw.  It was just reality and obligations crowding out the remints of a childhood sleep pattern.

I found myself reading articles and even interviews given by famous and not-so-famous people. Why? because my doctor help harping, "you need to have 7 - 9 hours of sleep each night."

I promised I'd try.  

He didn't believe me (I could tell). He wrote down the amount of Vitamin D and C I needed to take daily and scheduled me for a return visit.

What did I learn in my research? 

Betty White is a 98 year-old actress and comedian whose career has spanned 80 years. In promoting sleep she says, "Get at least 8 hours of beauty sleep, nine if you're ugly."

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"The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time" by Arianna Huffington (Harmony Books, 2017).  Sleep is considered an important part of our routine and is essential for survival, as are food and water. Recent research suggests that sleep has a housekeeping roll by removing toxins in our brain that accumulate when we are awake. For older adults, less than seven hours of sleep a night generally is considered insufficient. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine refers to a study by UCLA researcher who discovered that "just a single night of insufficient sleep can make older adult's cells age quicker.

Betty White was right! (No woman volunteers to become ugly).  

8 hours of sleep?  

Since I hadn't even hit the 7 mark, this was going to be a difficult milestone.

No coffee after dinner. 

No writing until 2:00 AM. 

No late night news programs, or crime shows.

Little by little (15 minutes each week), I was able to almost make 7 hours.

Do I feel better? 


Can I inch my way up to 8 hours each night, maybe.

How about you?

Are you sleeping the recommended 8 hours each night?  

If so, what's you secret? 

Or are you making it a goal for 2021?

Do you need a little help?

Here's something I discovered:

Chocolate also contains tryptophan, which stimulates serotonin and melatonin. And serotonin and melatonin are believed to help sleep.

Yay! This is the preverbal carrot at the end of the stick.

And here's an easy recipe: 

Heaven in a Crockpot

Prep time: 20 mins. Cook time: 200 mins. on low

(I use a crockpot liner so this doesn't stick). Thought a non-stick cooking spray may work well.

1 box of Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix

1/2 cup of melted butter

4 eggs

1 pouch of Betty Crocker Chocolate Cookie Mix (also tried Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Mix)

Cream all together  (I added a little water because I thought it was too thick). Scrape the edges of the bowl to make certain it's well combines.  Spoon into crockpot.

The end result is a hot, gooey, lava-cake-like dessert.  

I spooned into individual (small) Mason jars to cool and store in the fridge.

You can top with ice cream, if desired.

And, yes, it does help you sleep.


Sleep well. Eat well. 

Indulge in a Romance Novel and Chocolate both soothe the soul and bring that touch of magic back into your life.

Wishing you a Happy and Blessed 2021,

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  1. Ohmy! I have to make that dessert or heaven in a jar delight. Thanks for the info on sleep. I had an aunt who slept 5 to 6 hours a night. She lived to 90. She used to iron her clothes at midnight for work. Yeah, the olden days of ironing. Take care. (Putting those ingredients on my shopping list.)

  2. Oh, yum. I sleep about 8 hours now, but I aged into it. All my day job years, I did fine on 5 or 6 and expected that to last forever. It didn't. I resent every hour I have to sleep, no matter how much I may enjoy it. :-)

  3. I've always had a hard time falling asleep (which is when I used to start creating 'stories' in my mind to help me sleep) but once I'm asleep I do get a good 8 hours. Once I hit menopause, forget it, insomnia hit hard. But I'm starting to take melatonin and other supplements to help. Seems to work so far.

  4. I'm a big fan of chocolate before bed and I normally sleep great. This recipe looks like a must try.

  5. I have a difficult time turning my brain off when it's time to sleep. Even as a little girl, my brain was busy making what I called "mind movies." Now if I want my imagination to calm down, I turn on my Pandora station of classical solo piano music, set the TV timer, close my eyes, and drift off.

  6. I'm lucky if I get 5 hours. I can't turn my mind off. I'm about to try a tea from Sipology called "Keep Dreaming". I just got it in the mail today. I hope it works!

  7. OMG, that dessert!!!!
    Oddly enough, after menopause I lost the insomnia that followed me since I was an infant. Now all I have to do it sit down.
    Comedian Paula Poundstone said (Paraphrasing) as children we fight against taking a nap but as an adult it's one of our greatest pleasures.


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