This blog increasingly documents my experiments in creative living and curiosity about living a longer, more active life. If that's the kind of thing you're interested in, I'd be delighted if you'd join us. Mayo - my better half - and I live on an island in the St. Lawrence River 1000 Islands chain and are currently experimenting with warmer winter locations - mostly Savannah, GA. So, yeah, my accent is half-Canadian, half upper New York and another half undetermined Southern drawl. You
One of the interesting things that I’m running into as I research all of the factors involved in Alzheimer’s disease is the absolute richness of the research. Well, perhaps I should say it’s the staggering richness of the numbers of research and articles on sleep.
But having said that, as in all things research on the Internet, the challenge is to winnow out the wheat from the chaff.
Quality of Research
One of the studies I’m reading, the National sleep foundation’s sleep quality recommendations, illustrated quite nicely this particular problem. This particular report is a systematic review of peer reviewed literature on sleep between the years 2005 to 2015. They used six entire databases – pulling up the sleep-related articles – of medical research. Let me quote, “a total of 3928 unique articles were identified, 386 articles were selected for full text review, and 277 studies met the final inclusion criteria.”
In other words, less than 10% of all articles met the criteria for being evaluated.
It’s absolutely fascinating when you read this document, and it’s in very tiny print, how much evaluation has been done on sleep quality already. I’ll have much more for you on how to fix your sleep in the near future.
But in the meantime, here are two reasons you want to get a better night’s sleep.
How To Lose Weight By Sleeping Better
One of the other studies I read described how weight gain is correlated to the amount of sleep you get. It turns out there are two hormones that determine how much food we want to eat: ghrelin and leptin.
- Ghrelin stimulates how much you want to eat
- Leptin reduces the amount you want to eat.
What we know for sure is that when you don’t get a good nights sleep, the level of ghrelin goes up and leptin goes down. A poor night’s sleep leads to you getting the munchies.
Injuries Are Worse For Sleepless Seniors
And yet a third study pointed out how sleep deprivation with athletes lead directly to a higher risk of injury and a slower recovery time once injured. You can appreciate that this will be the same for seniors.
Reading through all of these research papers is both fascinating and time-consuming. But I do believe it’s important, particularly after having read a few of these reports indicating the very serious effects on our physical health, that we all understand the importance of sleep.
Stay tuned. I’m about to lose weight and get healthier by getting a better night’s sleep. I’ll pass along what I’m learning right here.
I’ve just started on the adventure of rebuilding my ebook sales on Amazon and I’m going to document this as best I can so you can replicate my successes (or avoid my mistakes).
Allow me to start with the raw numbers of creating a library of ebooks on Amazon
- I’ve been selling ebooks on Amazon since 2010
- Between 2010-2012, I published 24 gardening titles.
When I published that last title in 2012, I proceeded to totally ignore those ebooks except for cashing the monthly cheque. It was a no-brainer income with no work. (Exactly the kind of thing we all love to see.)
But, like most things, without any attention the competition grew and the new books pushed my older books down the sales charts. And so my ebook income dropped by approximately 70% on a monthly basis over the last seven years. But again, I was busy with other projects and it was a no-work situation to spend the automatically deposited income.
With the ascendancy of Facebook advertising and the rapid decline of the Adsense platform, I had to take a closer look at those sales numbers. I needed to replace the lost advertising income and ebooks might do this job. I also took a very good look at the seven critical ways that Amazon, Google and readers made buying decisions.
Frankly, I didn’t like what I saw. Having committed the sin of ignoring the ebooks, I decided I’d rebuild and renew my ebook sales platform right from scratch.
The Factors I Can Control
The first thing I did was take a very good look at the factors I could control in this process. I’ve listed them in detail on this main page You Need To Know How To Rebuild Your Ebooks where I’ll be creating a listing of all the how-to articles I intend to publish on this topic. Just to get us on the same page (without you having to click off this one) I’ve listed these below.
The eighth step is promotion and I’ll be adding notes about my experiments in this area as well. With all the ebooks I’ve written and am planning to write, you can appreciate this is a critical area as well. I do however think it’s a separate category and page (at least that’s my thinking at the moment) because it’s likely going to shift and morph far more than the actual content of the ebooks will.
Stay tuned as I take on each of those seven areas and report back here.
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This is just a quick note to tell you there may be a few burbles along the way in the next week or so with this website. You see, last weekend while I was spending time with my children and grandchildren, we had a bit of an issue with the websites.
It seems that a robot decided to access the site and tried to do so approximately 12,500 times in a single 24 hour period. The server couldn’t take this, and it crashed. Naturally, it took all of my sites with it as they were all on the same server account.
When I sent an email to support asking about it and requesting they get my websites back online, I received a rather long and technical report on what had happened. Now, you have to understand that I am not a server expert. I have been in the back end of my websites, but I really prefer not to deal with any server issues. And this note confirmed that my days of dealing with servers were long – gone. The note was incomprehensible. It may as well have been written in Russian or Chinese for all I understood.
What I understand is there are three levels of WordPress installations.
- You can go to WordPress.com itself where they will host and run your website. Your ability to modify or add plug-in functionality to these websites is limited to nonexistent. But they work. And they work without problems.
- The second level is what my sites have been running on, which is self – hosted. This means the servers are being supported – we hope – but I am responsible for every other problem.
- The third and final level, is a hosted site.
My main gardening site DougGreensGarden.com lives on a server hosted by Rainmaker.com. It has worked almost flawlessly since I moved the website there from self-hosting and I have never regretted the move. The only issue, is that it is expensive and it is no longer available in its former format but is being reimagined as a total solution to online marketing and website hosting.
There is however a baby-sibling operation currently running on Studiopress.com. This is described as Rainmaker without the bells and whistles. Knowing how satisfied I am with the Rainmaker system, I’ve decided to move all of my websites. While each individual website is going to cost me several hundred dollars, I will save some of this by eliminating the current costs for backup and security protection services as well as the hosting fee charged by my current host.
The important thing is that it decreases the amount of time I have to spend maintaining and working within the backend of the site itself.
Quite frankly, it also reduces the hassle factor of working online by a considerable amount.
And that alone is worth the cost of each site.
I Mention This Because
The only reason I mention this is that there comes a time when you have to focus on the important things in your creative life. In my case I want to write. I don’t want to maintain servers, I don’t want to maintain websites, I simply want to write.
There is a cost to doing any kind of business, and having a hosted-service is just one of those costs.
My expectation is that not only will my time be saved, but the hassle factor of dealing with server or up-time issues will be totally and completely resolved in my favor.
So if the site disappears for a few days, it’s only the site being moved and things will resolve themselves normally as the Net learns the new address.
I’ll have more to say about this move and the reasons in future post but now you know what’s happening.
I’ve reached the level of my tech incompetence and I’m smart enough to understand this simple fact.