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.

July 22nd Hammock Day

Ah summer, it’s hot, maybe rainy and the kids are out of school. You will be under a lot of stress! So what’s the best way to relax? Gently swaying in the shade of a couple of trees while sipping your favorite beverage and maybe reading a book. It’s what the hammock was invented for! Well, not really but it works! Hammocks have been around since man decided he did not want to sleep on the ground. It is a cooler way to sleep, surrounding yourself an breeze available. They were also useful on ships. The hamock swayed with the rocking of the ships at sea allowing the occupant to not be trashed about and they could be raised and lowered as the need required, allowing for room in the tight quarters set aside for the sailors. Today was created by Bob Matthews who insists it is not a National holiday even though most sites show it as such. The day was created in 2008 for Holiday Insights during the “Dog Days” of summer.

How to celebrate – Buy a hammock. Check out all the different types of hammocks available. Pretend you are a pirate.

February 28th National Public Sleeping Day

Go ahead, take a nap. Doesn’t matter where you are, just close your eyes and go to sleep. The only catch today is it needs to be in public where others can see you. Maybe visit a mattress factory or showcase, where you can get a good rest in!

Now if you are on the lookout for these national sleepers, pay close attention to those wearing sunglasses or sitting in the shade. Snoring is also a good give-a-way that they may be a public sleeper.

I hope you partied hard last night so you have a reason to sleep today. I do warn others though, maybe don’t take an airplane today or make sure your Uber driver stays awake as they get you where you are going.

Well, it’s my turn to go take a nap so I’ll be signing off now…..

How to celebrate – Take a na…. (snoring sounds)

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.

August 10th Lazy Day

You don’t have to do anything today! Well, that is, unless you have to go to work, cook dinner, watching the kids, write blogs, drive somewhere, get out of bed, etc., etc., etc.. It is Lazy Day. Over the years I have mastered the art of being lazy… but yes, I have had to work at it!

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Finding ways to cross off that list of “to do” by doing nothing at all. Of course, even crossing something off the list is work itself. You have to find the list, find a pen or pencil and cross off the item on your list. If you are truly having a lazy day that could take hours if you work it right. And never commit that list to memory… you can not claim “I forgot it” if you spent all that time and effort memorizing it.

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If you spend the day on the water, use tubes that support you so you don’t have to work at swimming, and always start up river so you can float down to where you want to go instead of having to paddle.

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Now that I think about it I realize it takes a lot of work prior to having a Lazy Day. You have to have everything preset so that you can truly be lazy! Food, drink and entertainment all have to be within reach otherwise you will have to work to go get it. Or, you could hire a butler or maid for the day to do the work for you… just make sure they don’t realize it is Lazy Day.

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So you might want to keep today a secret to yourself. If others know it is Lazy Day you probably won’t be able to get them to do all the stuff you want them to do for you. In fact you shouldn’t even be reading this blog, after all it is Lazy Day and reading, sometimes, can be work.

How to celebrate – Don’t do anything! Pre-plan for your Lazy Day. Go back to bed.

January 3rd Festival of Sleep Day

Most of us lose a lot of sleep over the holidays. The Surgeon General has stated that sleep is important for people. Well duh! Today is the day to make up for all that lost sleep. Naturally if you are driving somewhere or at work you may want to wait until you get home but then grab your favorite Teddy Bear and get to work!… err ah…. sleep!

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Of course history is filled with great sleepers. Rip Van Winkle instantly comes to mind. Poor guy, who was just a little lazy, went off to sleep in the woods to get away from his nagging wife (there is obviously more to this story). When he did finally wake, everything, and everybody around him had changed.

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And of course Sleeping Beauty who’s life changed as well when she finally woke. 

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And of course there were these guys, who never could afford three beds. And their snoring noises are legendary! I suppose it was alright for them, they seemed to get a lot of sleep but no one around them did.

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Well, you don’t have to be a genius to figure out how to celebrate this day and while it might not be the most exciting day of the year, it is well worth while.

How to celebrate – Get some sleep! Paint eyes on your eye lids so everyone thinks you are awake when you are actually sleeping. Let sleeping dogs lie.

August 15th National Relaxation Day

Why do these days always seem to fall during the work week? Clearly someone who is either retired, or not working created them. Seeing as how no one has claimed it, it makes me think it may be the latter.

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However, that being said, today is a day to sleep in, and let your mind, and muscles, take a break (or serve in Congress which is about the same thing). We do need to relax though, it builds us back up, and makes us actually more productive when it is time to work.

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In some ways, wouldn’t it be nice if we could sleep walk through our day. Get our work done while we sleep so we can accomplish two things at once! Or how about doing one of those 5k runs!?! If we could sleep through it we could get in shape while catching up on our sleep! Most work an 8 hour day and they say, whoever they are, that we should get 8 hours of sleep too, perfect! Get them both done at the same time!

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Then when we are awake we can spend more time… you got it… relaxing! We could be the most relaxed creatures on earth! The same “they” also say we are most creative when we are relaxed. I assume that’s because we don’t have to think about what we have to do. I know a lot of people that I have worked with don’t ever seem to be thinking about work when they are working.

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So today is your day to relax. Sit back and let your mind wander, your muscles unwind and your nerves settle. You deserve it because… well because… just because.

How to celebrate – Spend your day relaxing. Figure out your own relaxation schedule, so long as it doesn’t require any effort. Don’t worry, be happy.

January 3rd 2017 Festival of Sleep Day

January 3rd is a day so many of us have been looking forward to all year long (of course the year has only been two days). It’s a day to catch up on sleep you lost over the holidays. A day to sleep in, take a nap, or get 40 winks.

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Babies usually sleep up to 11 hours at night and take 2-3 naps a day according to the experts. I am not sure who these experts are but I don’t believe they’ve ever had a baby themselves. So since babies supposedly already sleep between 15-18 hours a day I seriously doubt the holidays had very little affect on their sleep.

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Elderly people also sleep more. Sometimes it’s not because they want to, but nature takes over and there you are, sitting in a chair watching television, and all of a sudden, it’s the next morning. This is great for dogs and cats as well, who sleep most days away anyway.

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It’s the adult that tends to need to catch up on their sleep. Christmas presents to wrap, parties to go to, and of course, work all cut into those hours we could be sleeping away blissfully. Most adults require between 7-8 hours of sleep a night. When we are running on 4-5 hours a night we tend to lose our sharpness and objectivity. It’s too bad that the 3rd falls on a Tuesday this year and that most of us will be back at work. As I have seen stated, its normally not cool to sleep at work unless you are a mattress tester.

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But if you can, sneak in a nap, 40 winks, or sleep the day away like Sleeping Beauty did. Who knows, maybe you’ll be awaken by a Prince or Princess and your life will change forever. If nothing else, you’ll at least feel better for it.

How to celebrate – Take a nap. Sleep in. Learn how to sleep walk so it looks like you are working but really catching a little shut eye.

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.