What to Do If You’re Sleep-Deprived

Happy Friday, RISERS! I can’t believe that we are to the first weekend in March. Next week is my birthday. After that, the rest of the month will whiz past. I hope this week has been good to you and that you’ll have a great weekend.

Quote of the week: “I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the best of her ability.” –Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Thought of the week: Although I don’t know who originally spoke them, I want to share these important words: “Just because someone carries it well doesn’t mean it isn’t heavy.” This sage expression spoke to me, because it is too easy to assume that everyone we meet is going through life without a care in the world. We are all given the ability to handle different levels of problems. A situation that is especially hard for one person might inspire another person to come alive at the challenge. While I sincerely hope that none of you are dealing with things heavier than you can bear, please recognize when you need a little help and ask for it. Don’t try and manage things too heavy on your own.

Joke of the week: A son asked his father, “Dad, are we pyromaniacs?” The father replied, “We arson.”

Nugget of Wisdom for the week: I want to briefly comment on the topic of this week’s podcast by Dr. John DeGarmo, which is the importance of good sleep. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE to sleep. I can do it anytime, anywhere. In my opinion, there is never a wrong time to take a nap! In fact, when I was newly married and we traveled long distances, I often fell asleep while my husband drove the car. He would look over to point out something he’d noticed out the window, and I’d be fast asleep. While it is possible to take sleep to unhealthy levels, it is tremendously important to get good-quality sleep in order to meet your body’s needs.

Podcast of the week: This week, Dr. John DeGarmo asks a board-certified sleep expert for tips on how both parents and children can get a good night’s sleep. Dr. Robert S. Rosenberg is author of Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day and also has a podcast called Answers for Sleep. Does your child have trouble falling asleep and sleeping through the night? Do your kids’ sleep issues keep you from getting the rest you need to function well? If so, click here to find out about common sleep disorders and how parents can help everyone in their family to sleep better each night.

Have a great week. Remember, you are most awesome, and YOU ROCK!

Marion Rhines is a foster-turned-adoptive parent. She lives in Knoxville, Tenn., with her husband and five children. She has written and published two children’s books as well as two foster-care-themed novels. She has a Facebook blog, Tips from the FLIP Side, and enjoys working with children of all ages.

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