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Sleep is an extremely important part of living. I wrote a blog about it before, so this is a follow up. Trying to get six solid sleep hours a day seems to work well for me, as waking up wide awake and feeling energized suits me. However, experts say six hours isn’t enough, as most people need at least eight hours. I must be a weirdo!

More than six hours sleep doesn’t work for me, as even if I stay in bed for another couple of hours, I toss and turn, and perhaps wrestle to get another hour or two winks. These experts could be right when they say coffee after lunch will keep you on edge for up to ten hours later. Maybe I should cut my coffee fix then. Do you have a good night sleep?

Whichever way you look at it, you’ve got to find what works best for you. To be fair, until I reached fifty plus, sleep had never been a problem and I get around seven hours uninterrupted sleep, but after that my internal clock started messing me around. Probably expresso coffee which usually means ten or so cups a day. The caffeine must be affecting me. I ought to kick the habit. I’ll try! Then the experts go on about any coffee or tea after midday will have detrimental effects.

Personally, I prefer to train regularly, eat healthy food, and do whatever it takes to cope with daily life which to be honest includes tea and coffee and always has. Chocolate, sugar treats, and alcohol are controlled substances which are part of my lifestyle like everything, but I limit their consumption.

My mum of ninety-six years old swears that balanced diversity is the key to longevity. If I bring up what experts say, she gets snappy and says if you reach my age then you can blow your trumpet, but until then these experts come up with no real evidence apart from hearsay.

Have a great day!

Prof. Carl Boniface


Vocabulary builder:

Affecting (adj) = moving, touching, upsetting, distressing, disturbing, heartrending, affective, heartwarming

Effects (n) = belongings, properties, possessions, things, paraphernalia, personal property, special effects, sound effects, results

Winks (n) = informal used specifically for flashes of sleep. An act of closing and opening one eye quickly, typically as a signal. "Barney gave him a knowing wink." As a verb to close and open one eye quickly, typically to indicate that something is a joke or a secret or as a signal of affection or greeting. "He winked at Nicole as he passed."

Snappy (adj) = irritable, tetchy, snippy, bad-tempered, short-tempered, ill-humored, ratty, sharp, brusque, impatient

Hearsay (n) = rumor, gossip, tittle-tattle, scuttlebutt, idle talk, unfounded information, unconfirmed report, word of mouth, (ant) = fact

Weirdo (n) = a person whose dress or behavior seems strange or eccentric. "The streets are dangerous and there are too many weirdos around."

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