Four nights of stitching isn't doing too bad for a busy week. Since we have a holiday weekend coming up, I'm hopeful that lots of stitching will go on this weekend.
In addition to finding time to stitch, I'm supposed to be fostering my creativity each week. For August, the focus has been on getting a good night's sleep, so I feel like being creative rather than cranky. It's definitely an area that I need to do a better job in for both myself and for Drama Teen. It's amazing how your kids pick up your bad habits if you aren't careful. So though I've not done enough to improve my sleep habits, at least I've been more aware of them. Last week's post included a list of 10 sleep hygiene tips. If you scan the "sleep" sites on the web, most of those are included as good sleep habits to form.
One tip that is not on that list is regulating your melatonin levels. Melatonin is the hormone that helps regulate your sleep/wake cycle. It's production is very sensitive to light, exposure to light reduces the amount in your brain, staving off sleepiness. The problem is that many modern evening entertainments can retard the production of melatonin, such as TV, computer screens and e-readers. So if you spend your evenings with any of those devices, melatonin production is reduced and you don't feel as sleepy as you should. Most authorities recommend turning off all such stimulation about 30 minutes prior to bedtime to allow your melatonin levels to rise.
So how did you do on stitching this last week? Did you do a lot or were you too tired? Link up and share your creative activities for the last week.
|1. Julie in GA|
4. Kate @katiemaequilts