I'm going to take a nap...

Okay so sleep is important, I understand and believe that..but what about when you just can't fall asleep?...think Christmas eve...everynight. "I can't sleep...I'm too excited..." Just for kicks I googled "The Effects of Sleep Deprivation"and after reading a few articles I am surprised my brain is able to function enough to type this...
Here is just a few things I learned ..

- The temporal lobe of the cerebral cortex is associated with the processing of language, in sleep deprived subjects there is no activity within this region.
-Sleep deprived test subjects have difficulties thinking of imaginative words or ideas. Instead, they tend to choose repetitious words or clich├ęd phrases
-difficult time reacting well to unpredicted rapid changes
-The ability of the body to metabolize sugar declines, turning sugar into fat
-the body produces more stress hormones and other substances that would increase inflammation, which increases the risks of heart disease and stroke
-People that are sleep deprived often feel cranky because that would make the amygdala, the part of the brain that process emotional events, to go into overdrive and the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that regulates reasoning, to become deactivated and this would make a person feel less stable than usual
....and my personal favorite...
-One of the possible side effects of a continued lack of sleep is death!

...early to bed...early to rise :)


and I quote... "Life is so good."


12 good things for the 12th

1. The sun was out this morning :)
2. It's FRIDAY!
3. I got off of work early (not as early as I was supposed to though...a 40 minute filling appointment turned into an hour and a half extraction...sad for me, more sad for the patient)
4. I did laundry...mostly good for the smell.
5. I came out to Barnwell.
6. Ate my favorite snack. Mmmmm.
7. Went for a walk with my little sisters. [sidenote: one thing I love about Barnwell, okay two things...first you can basically walk the whole village in about an hour. Second while you are walking you are bound to run into at least 3 people who you can visit with for a minimum of 20 minutes]
8. Played with my cousins
9. Visited with my Grandma
10. Watched 'Toy Story'
11. Got a massage..(for about 5 minutes from my sister Paige...still, a massage is a massage)
12. I'm going to go to bed before midnight...call me a grandma if you want...I'm excited.