Is Your Home Affecting The Quality Of Your Sleep?

Most of us would love to get more sleep. Parenthood, careers, friendships and hobbies can all drain our energy quicker than we would like. The odd late night and the occasional interruption to our sleep patterns can take their toll too. But the truth is, we don’t always need more hours in bed. We simply need a better quality of sleep. In some cases, sleeping longer than we should can make us feel even more lethargic. So how do we find the right balance?

It’s really important to identify why you’re feeling more tired than usual. Sometimes there is an easy answer. The neighbor car alarm went off at two in the morning. Or maybe your toddler son had a nightmare? Heavy rain or windy weather can also wake you in the night. But did you know that your home may be responsible for your sleep problems too? Difficulty getting to sleep and trouble staying asleep can be caused by many things. This is why your first challenge is to find out the reason why.

Trouble Dropping Off

There are many reasons why it can sometimes be a struggle to drop off to sleep. Your hormones and brain chemicals need to go through a change to enable you to fall asleep. Many things can inhibit this natural reaction. In your home, you may find there are plenty of distractions too. The screens from smartphones and tablets emit a blueish light. This can prevent the necessary reaction in your brain for falling asleep.

TVs can also be distracting. Many of us like to fall asleep to a little background noise. But many shows have peaks in sound, dialog, and music that can stimulate the mind to wake up at just the wrong moment! The flashing light from the screen may also prove distracting. Hums from tech, bright light bulbs, and even the whirr of the air-con can all busy our minds more than we would like.

From Hospital To Home: Making The Transition Easier

Being involved in a serious accident or suffering from a tough illness can be a very traumatic time indeed. The road to recovery can be a very long one, any you might be expected to spend a considerable amount of time in hospital. The longer you are in hospital for, the harder it will be to go back home and get used to your regular day-to-day life.

Many people struggle with the transition from hospital to home. This is because of the reduced care they receive once they are back in their own house. However, there are ways that you can return home without any problems whatsoever. Here are my tips to make your life back in your own home one that is free from any pain and problems.

Six Surprisingly Common Reasons That Marriages Don't Last

Marriages are rarely plain sailing. There are few relationships you can find that don’t have a bump from time to time. But there’s a difference between a bump and a gulf. Some of the reasons for divorce might seem like a gulf, but others could be surmountable. Here, we’ll look at some of the more surprising reasons a marriage breaks down and how to deal with it.

We know that the idea of cheating isn’t going to be all that surprising when it comes to the end of a marriage. But we’re not necessarily talking about cheating, physically. Infidelity can take place in the heart, mind, and attention of a person as well as physically. Your vows aren’t just about not sleeping with someone else. They’re about prioritizing your spouse above all others. If your partner is worried about you spending too much time with a friend, don’t treat it like petty jealousy. Similarly, don’t settle for being treated that way, yourself.

Getting Back To Normal After Life Changing Events


It’s fair to say that over the course of our lives we can be going down a path that isn’t too pleasant. Sometimes it’s out of choice, other times the choice is taken away. It could be anything like an injury resulting from an event out of your control, illness or disability. Life can never be rosey 100% of the time, but it’s how we choose to accept those life changing moments that defines us as individuals. It’s hard to get out of those situations where you feel the world is against you, but sometimes you have to take the positive steps back to normality. So I thought I would share with you some of the things you should consider when taking those positive steps. I hope it offers you a bit of hope that things can get back to a new normal for you.

Heading back to work

It can be hard to get back to the workplace after a deliberating illness or an injury. Even after an event that has caused you some disability. You can feel incapable and unable to do the job you once did. While it’s sometimes necessary to be realistic about your job, more often than not there are ways to work around those issues. Heading back to work can be one of the biggest steps you make to your normal life. So make sure you communicate with your employer and workout the best solutions for everyone going forward. Working and getting something like routine and discipline back into your life can have a huge impact on you.

5 Great Ways The Internet Can Help With Your Finances

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Keeping track of all your personal finances can be a pain sometimes. Some people don’t want to go through the hassle of writing down a budget every week. It’s easy to spend far too much without realising sometimes. There are times debts just creep up on you before you notice.

But if you’re finding it hard to track your finances, you’re not using your computer well enough. The internet has a wealth of resources that can help you in all aspects of personal finance. Using the net in the right ways can save you more money and reduce your debts. Here are some of the ways you should be using the internet for personal finances.

Getting Loans

You don’t have to walk into your bank and start negotiating to try and get a loan. Bank loans often have high rates of interest and are usually best suited for long-term purposes. If you need to borrow smaller amounts of money fast, it might be better to turn to the internet.

With internet services like Credit24, you can get a loan in a matter of minutes. Services like these are perfect for those situations where an unexpected expense slaps you in the face, and you need to deal with it post-haste. You can see on your screen just how much you’ll get, how much you need to pay back, and when.

There’s also plenty of loan comparison sites. Before you get a mortgage, car loan, or any other kind of loan, look around on the web first.

Ah, Motherhood

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The photo above was taken last Mother's Day. Nothing could compare to the joys of being a mom!
The teen-ager rocks my brain and makes my heart swell at the same time. My one fervent wish is for him to grow a responsible man.

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