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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mr. Singh the Centenarian Marathon Man and Insomnia

"When you get into a tight place and it seems that you can't go on, hold on — for that's just the place and the time that the tide will turn."– Harriet Beecher Stowe

Do you have any idea as to what drives Mr. Singh the 100-year-old man, who completed the Toronto Marathon? First of all, he is a centenarian, which is a feat in and of itself.  Anybody that can live that long, must be doing something right.  I wonder what his secrets are?  I am sure that his diet has something to do with it; how he handles the stress in his life; his social connections; the amount of daily exercise; his thinking process; and the amount of sleep he gets are factors that I would be interested in learning about.
What do you think he told himself  (his self talk )during the 8 plus hours that special day in Toronto?  Do you think he asked himself why am I doing this?   What do you think his friends said to him, when they found out about his goal?  We all know that it begins with a goal if we want to accomplish a task.  It is clear that Mr. Singh is mentally tough.  I certainly would like to interview him.
My guess is that Mr. Singh does not have difficulty with his sleep patterns.  Do you have difficulty with sleep deprivation or excessive daytime sleepiness?   Let’s find out. The following is taken from a continuing education class by the Inst. for   Natural Resources.  The average amount of sleep needed: 1. newborn-14-18 hrs. 2. six months-12-16 hours;3. Six months to four years-12-13 hours; 4 .5 to 13 years- 7-8.5 hours; 6.  13 to 21 years-7-8.75 hours; 7.  Adults under 60-6-9 hours; 8.  Adults over 60-7-8 hours. It appears there is no data for Mr. Singh’s age group.
Are you getting enough sleep or are you not?  Take this self-assessment test.
The following is a self-assessment to determine if you are sleep deprived?
Rate the following statements: 0 equals never; 1 = sometimes; 2 = often; 3 =always
1.       I sleep through the alarm clock
2.      I have morning grogginess
3.      I need caffeine to help me wake up in the morning
4.      I need caffeine to help me stay awake during the day
5.      I have difficulty concentrating
6.      I turn down social engagements because of fatigue
7.      It is difficult to keep my eyes open while driving at night
8.      I fall asleep within five minutes of going to bed
9.      I am forgetful during the day
10.  I am irritable with family members and co-workers
11.  It takes me longer to get things done
12.  I experience the mid-afternoon slump

Tomorrow I will provide the scoring key.  Hopefully, you will have a good score and not be on the sleep deprived continuum.  Stay tuned and get your score tomorrow.


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