January 3rd Festival of Sleep Day

Here’s a day we have all been waiting for, a day to sleep the hours away and recover from the holidays! The concept is pretty simple, sleep in, take a power nap, go to bed early, or better yet, do all three! Sleep is important and far too often most of us get less than we need. Some people are able to sleep for only a few hours a night and function perfectly well. They are the exception and not the rule though. As we sleep our bodies replenish a lot of the things we need to perform properly, without enough sleep, we are truly running on empty.

How to celebrate – Sleep in, turn off the alarm. Take a power nap, if you are at work go to your car or find a dark, comfy spot (in this case you may want to set the alarm). Remember to grab your Teddy Bear to comfort you as you sleep.

August 15th National Relaxation Day

Most of us work hard, we spend lots of hours doing the things we have to do, not the things we want to do. Well today is the day to change that, not forever, but at least for today. Today your job is to relax (boy I hope this is a weekend day, I haven’t checked yet!) Put your feet up, kick back and take a nap, read a book or just stare into space, it doesn’t really matter. Whatever way you chose to relax is the right way to relax! Ever go on vacation and come back more tired than you were before you left? Well, if you are on vacation take a vacation from your vacation! Chill out, hire someone to do all your work for you, you have the day off from everything!

How to celebrate – Don’t do anything. Have someone make you a nice cool drink. Pamper yourself.

January 3rd Festival Of Sleep Day

It is only appropriate that after the holidays we celebrate a day that allows us to catch up on our sleep! It’s something we sort of need. We couldn’t sleep at Halloween because of the nightmares, we couldn’t sleep at Thanksgiving because we ate too much (Ya right), we couldn’t sleep at Christmas because of all the excitement and we couldn’t sleep on New Year’s Eve because, well we aren’t supposed to.

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Actually when we can’t sleep it’s because our minds will not let go of whatever it is focused on. It might be work, it might be all the things we have to do during the holidays. It can be worry, eating the wrong foods, having unfinished projects or… well, who knows what!

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But today is the day we change all of that. It is our duty to sleep since we are celebrating it… together. If everyone else is sleeping there are no deadlines to meet, no people to please, no meals to cook… just absolute peace.Now I would make sure that the people you are depending on so that you can sleep are not celebrating today. People like pilots, surgeons and ice cream truck operators. We need these people to stay awake and alert.

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But for the rest of us, it’s a day that we can finally catch up on all that sleep we have missed out over the last couple of months. There is apparently no record of who started this holiday, probably because everyone slept through it.

How to celebrate – Get some sleep! Take a nap. When you do wake up, take the time to smell the roses.

July 22nd National Hammock Day

The hammock is one of the oldest beds in history, maybe even the oldest (other than rock). If mankind came from Africa originally, and that’s what experts seem to believe, then it would make sense that the hammock was in use long before anyone could claim it as their invention.

In the dense heat of the jungle, only a hammock would make sense. It would allow any air flow to come not only from above but from below as well. We already know the hammock was in use by the Native Americans found in the US.

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Hammocks can be made from nearly any material, are simple to put up, and they last forever. They were no stranger to the sailors that discovered America.

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Hammocks were the only practical way to make any sort of bed for all the sailors on board the tiny vessels they sailed. Hammocks could be stored overhead when not in use, making room for the other activities required to keep the ships sailing. The hammocks would gently rest the sailors to sleep, swaying with the ship as it was rocked by the ocean. It is also said, whether it’s true or not I am not sure, that rodents and other creatures tended to stay away from the hammock since they do not like the movement. There were times food was kept in a hammock like sling to avoid creatures that might otherwise make a meal out of it.

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While we view the hammocks as a sign of leisure on warm summer days, much of the rest of the world sees them as their actual bed. It’s hard to resist a hammock in the shade, gently swaying in the breeze, whether it is for a couple of hours or for an entire night.

How to celebrate – Find your own hammock and two trees. Try and make your own hammock from materials you have laying around the house. See if you can spend an entire night on a hammock.