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(StatePoint) There are many popular New Year’s resolutions that quickly come and go: eating healthy, losing weight, managing stress and saving money. In 2013, why not focus on one health change you’ll enjoy sticking to... getting more sleep.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average American sleeps about six hours and 55 minutes per night during the week, and 15 percent of adults sleep less than six hours per night.

“Lack of sleep can take a significant toll on your overall health and interfere with some of your daily activities,” said Dr. Michael Thorpy, director of the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

Almost everybody has trouble sleeping now and then, but many Americans experience significant problems getting to sleep or continually wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep.

Such problems may be clinical symptoms of insomnia. According to the National Sleep Foundation, if you have trouble falling asleep at night or staying asleep, or you wake up in the morning feeling unrefreshed, you may be suffering from insomnia.

Insomnia can affect people in different ways. Some sufferers have trouble initially getting to sleep, while others wake up in the middle of the night and have difficulty falling back asleep.

To help you get better sleep this year, Dr. Thorpy suggests these simple tips:

• Set and stick to a sleep schedule. Establish a regular bedtime and wake time.

• Set aside time at night to “wind down.” Spend some quiet time before bedtime. Such activities as watching TV, using the computer or working right before bedtime, or in the bedroom, can make it harder to fall asleep.

• Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed.

• Exercise regularly. Just don’t exercise rigorously near bedtime and check with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen.

• Don’t clock-watch. If you awaken in the middle of the night and stay in bed, don’t lie there staring at the clock. And don’t watch TV or use your laptop or cell phone, because these technologies stimulate the brain, making it tougher to fall back to sleep.

If these tips don’t help, speak with your healthcare professional to help determine if you are suffering from insomnia and require treatment.

More information regarding insomnia is available at the National Sleep Foundation website at

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Norman Datt from Ontario/Canada says:

Your intestine is over 20 feet long buddy
Nicely wrapped up in your sweet tummy
You put a lot of junk in there
Most times you show no care
Then you never clean it man
This I can never understan’
What you think going happen one day
It can go on like this forever, no, nay!
Take some thing, do not ever get into a rut
You’ve got to regularly clean out your gut
‘cause when you go to the toilet
You will surely strain and sweat
Now you know the cause, eh? you’re so constipated
Nothing coming out no matter how long you waited
Its supposed to come out like a big banana
And no matter you pray to God or Allah
You are out of luck
You’re literally stuck
Every time when we eat
We use flour and meat
Can you imagine the big problem
When you put together both of them
They stuck together like crazy glue
And when digested, the smell ooh!
Save your self from a lot of cancers
Use stuff to clean out called enhancers
For meat takes 3 days to digest
With the flour you do the rest
You won’t feel so lackadaisical anymore
A smile on your lips as you do your chore
Your juices flowing now you’re man of pep
With glowing skin and a spring in your step1

NB the pic can't be copied.
Jan. 6, 2017, 1:52 pm

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