January 20th


Sleep was in the national news this week.


In a recent study, volunteers tracked their hours of sleep for two weeks. They were then quarantined and given nasal drops containing a cold-causing virus. It seems that those who got less than seven hours of sleep nightly over the previous two weeks were three times more likely to catch colds.


Sleep is always in the news in our house.


When the alarm goes off "Morning honey" is typically followed by "How'd you sleep?" Pretty reliably one of us has slept less than they wanted to.


I was talking about this with my friend Susie the other night. She said she doesn't know anyone our age that sleeps through the night. It's either that they can't fall asleep, they get up to pee and can't go back to sleep, or they wake up way before the alarm goes off. Sounds like our house.


Last night I slept eight hours. When I woke up, even though it's January, it wasn't dark out. I felt great, and I don't think I'm going to catch a cold today.


But I'm still holding on to my Kleenex supply.


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