Prudential’s current television campaign, entitled “Day One,” features men and women enjoying their first day of retirement. Having enough money to do so comfortably may be the underlying message, but Prudential is smart enough to focus on why it’s so desirable.
More time to spend with family. Travel. Enjoy your hobbies. Volunteer. And the image that made me smile and shake my head in ready agreement…
No more alarm clocks.
Since today is Sunday, many of us — retired or not — got to skip the alarm. Now, close your eyes and imagine….
One day you can take a sledge hammer to that thing.
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I was a bit under the weather Friday and slept about 30 minutes the entire night. It was agony.
How do people who suffer from chronic insomnia deal?
I was doing a bit of reading on the subject online and discovered The Insomnia Blog by Dr. Michael Breus, a clinical psychologist and self-proclaimed “Sleep Doctor.”
Dr. Breus has a formula that he says will help you get all the sleep you need; wake up before the alarm goes off; and keep you from gaining the weight that can sometimes go along with insomnia.
This guy must be rich.
Here’s what he recommends:
- Figure out your typical wake up time
- Count back 7.5 hours
- Set an alarm to tell you when to go to bed (and go!)
- If you wake up 10 minutes before your morning alarm for three days, you have found your perfect bedtime.
- If you still need your morning alarm to wake up, then move your bedtime back by 15 minutes until you wake up just before your morning alarm.
After reading this, I realize why I don’t usually have insomnia.
- I usually get about 7-8 hours sleep.
- Rory Dog is the ‘alarm’ that tells me to go to bed.
- I wake up each morning before my morning alarm goes off (Rory Dog again).
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How do people without dogs organize their days?
I’ll admit, I’ve quite forgotten.
As most of you know, my dog Rory has been in the hospital since Monday morning. (He’s coming home later today.) I knew his being away would be weird for me — the house seems empty when he’s at the groomer for three hours — but I never imagined how profoundly his absence would change my days.
For starters, I can’t get up in the morning. Rory is my alarm clock. I find myself falling back to sleep…and I usually pop right out of bed. Yesterday, noises in the hallway finally jarred me awake at 9:00am!
Nice one, Carla.
I also forget to eat meals without Rory here to remind me. I work from home and, without his very regularly scheduled head bumps on my leg at noon and five o’clock, I end up eating two or three hours late…or not at all. And I don’t get my regular walks in Central Park or around the neighborhood, either.
It’s true what they say — dogs do keep you healthy.
And bedtime just isn’t the same without Rory Dog around to ‘bark me in.’ (I never seem to move fast enough for him, so he is always ‘encouraging me’ to move it along.) Last night I found a dozen mindless chores to occupy my time, and didn’t lie down until almost two o’clock in the morning (which may also explain why I overslept).
Rory loves his routine, and his routine has become mine.
And apparently, I need his daily supervision to stick to it.
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