Hello, and Thank You for Reading Along!

Often times I sit down and write a number of blogs at a time. I think the last blogs I wrote were back around Christmas/New Year’s, and so in an odd sort of way, I’m realizing that I’ve missed you guys!

You’ll be happy to know that on the 16th of February I turned 60 years old, so now when people ask you where you’ve been getting all these funny ideas about life, living and health you can tell them,

“From some old guy on the Internet!”

That will lend a certain amount of credibility to all that I write, because if you can’t believe an old guy on the Internet, who can you believe?!?

You know, many years ago I once wrote that one could not be a teacher if he or she was not first willing to learn. And that is what I have been doing since my last blog…learning, or at least I hope I’m learning.

It is very easy to study only those things a person knows, or thinks to be true, agree with them, and consider himself all the smarter for it.  When one studies and uses a highlighter underscoring great pearls of wisdom, he or she only underscores those things they know and agree with. Often times some new concept or idea escapes as we convince ourselves of what we already know!

At any rate, a friend of mine, Angie Nicolucci has put together a very interesting tutorial to help people sleep more soundly. It turns out that sleep serves as the great “cure all”; not only physically, but mentally and spiritually as well. I am undertaking the program and find it very informative. While I’ve known of this course for some time, AND the importance of a good nights’ sleep (note that nights is plural-meaning many, many, many nights) it wasn’t until another friend of mine told me about Why We Sleep- Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, PhD that I realized there was a lot more to sleeping than I knew.

This is an amazing book, and while quite wordy, it is certainly worth the time it will take to read. It could save your life and the lives of those you love. The same can be said for my friend’s sleep tutorial.

Should you be interested in knowing more about the sleep tutorial, you can go to her website at AngieNicolucci.com or just ask and I will put you in touch with Angie. Amazing stuff- and it will be even more amazing if you first realize how important sleep really is.

But in this course, there is a lesson pertaining to stress and a link to an amazing TEDtalk given by a lady named Kelly McGonigal. About 15 minutes long, the talk is entitled, How to Make Stress Your Friend.

There is some great information given in this discussion, and rather than trying to explain what Kelly is saying, you should simply watch the video. Like Dr. Walker’s sleep book, it could save your life.

For those who have followed these blogs, they will recognize a number of familiar themes in Kelly McGonigal’s discussion; namely, that a person truly lives in the world he or she thinks they live in, not simply in terms of belief or consideration, but also in the one their very thoughts create; and, that one’s overall health is determined by his or her connectedness with others and willingness to be a part of others’ lives.

We really need each other to be well and to live well. Plain and simple.

Please let me know if you would like to know more about the Sleep Tutorials/Modules my friend has created. Really great stuff!

Oh, and FYI… March is National Sleep Month- hopefully, you’ll be hearing a lot more about the importance of sleep and how to sleep better!

Take Care,

Dr. Dave

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