Sweet Dreams are Made of This

I watched a Ted Talk this morning on why we need to sleep. To me sleep equals dreaming and I love doing both.

I’m happy with 9 hours a night but usually get (only) 7 or 8. I put only in brackets because to a lot of people, 7 or 8 hours is a lot.  Apparently we all (still) need 8 hours and contrary to popular myth, we don’t need less sleep as we get older. I know a lot of people who regularly get 4 or 5 every night, or even less, and then occasionally crash to 7 or 8 hours (husband). I don’t think I’d be able to function if I got that little on a regular basis because of the way I react when I have an occasional night of sleeplessness, like the night before last.

Faced with an unexpected decision to make I couldn’t shut off and didn’t fall asleep until well after 2:00 a.m and I was awake again at 8:00 because we had plans to go ‘up-island’ to Ladysmith, a drive of a couple of hours. On the way back I found myself unable to keep my eyes open – I was a passenger of course – and I began having micro-naps.  I’m sure you’ve also experienced that weird feeling where you sort of witness yourself falling asleep and waking up from a dream cycle. The dreams were, as far as I can tell, totally random nonsense.

Sometimes I have dreams that I interpret as my subconscious giving me a message but most of the time I think my dreaming doesn’t mean anything. It is just the brain’s way of processing information, I think. But still when I saw this Ted Talk on why we sleep this morning, it caught my eye. I already do a lot of the tips offered by Mr. Foster but one thing I added was a lamp to my bathroom counter so that I can avoid that bright light before I go to sleep.

 

I’ve designed a 2014 Planner especially for you ;)

I asked on Facebook so it must be true: you still use a paper planner/datebook. I’ve been making these for a few years for family and friends – sort of like my version of the letter Christmas card. As photography is one of my hobbies I was just itching to do something more with them. One thing lead to another and here I am offering you this lovely (if I do say so myself) planner published by Blurb and, by the way, the quality is super.

This year’s planner is called Flowers of Butchart Gardens and features (you guessed it) photos taken at Butchart Gardens here on Vancouver Island. The front cover photo is one of the season’s Himalayan Blue poppies that Butchart Gardens are famous for, at least in this part of the world. You can see the full book preview here and all the 30+ flower beauties. If you visit my page at Blurb, be sure to say hello! Not that it is a contest or anything, but it *is* nice to know.

I feel it is rather crude to come right out and say buy-my-book (please) so I’ll just say the cost and shipping details are on the preview pane and leave it at that.