Holding On to My Pets, as Alzheimer’s Takes My Memories. My husband, Tim, and a duo of Jack Russell terriers arrived in my life 13 years ago. Many of my best memories involve animals. Some days my memory was so bad that I wanted to wear a shirt that said, “Sorry, I just cannot remember your name.” My sister found an online advertisement for people concerned about memory loss. And then came the memory tests. I felt the energy in the room change, and soon I was learning of a likely diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s. The owner told me the dog’s name was Sadie. In the fog of my brain, all I could remember was that I once had a dog named Sadie, but I couldn’t remember when. I have wandering Max the cat, and a sweet soft cat named Obie whom I brought home from my office and now spend hours stroking and petting and listening to her purr. And I have Sadie and Beatrice and Oscar, the grandson of Osceola, the Jack Russell that arrived in my life with Tim.
When adults are busy adult-ing, sleep often becomes a mythic creature of bedtimes past. A successful life is linked to a successful night’s sleep, but in this crazy, busy world—that seems like a nice dream only fit for four-year-olds.
The truth is that, while you technically can get away with less sleep than a child, you still need the best quality of sleep to achieve your goals in daily life.
Sleep and Success Go Hand in Hand
When you think of the qualities that lead to success, you’re probably considering traits like ambition, hard work, determination and creativity, but the biggest key to business and life success is the quality of your sleep. You need a restful night’s sleep if you want to wake up refreshed to tackle your day, and that’s because:
- Good sleep affects long term and short term memory.
- Bad sleep shortens your fuse, making you prone to irritability and anger.
- Chronic bad sleep quality shortens your life span.
- When you’re sleep deficient, you’re basically drunk—only without your liver dealing with the aftermath of alcohol intake. Sleep deficiency leads to mental deficiency.
For the sake of your sanity, your health and your golden ticket to success, it’s time that you and sleep became good friends. Don’t rely on counting sheep to coerce sleep into your head. There are more productive tactics to get a good night’s sleep and dream your way to success:
- Regulate Your Sleep
The quality of your sleep correlates to the consistency of your sleep schedule. Seven to nine hours of sleep is best for the adult body. When you’re waking up or going to bed at different times, including the weekends, your body will have a different quality of sleep each time.
It’s important to regulate your sleep schedule every day, so that you are going to bed and waking up at consistent intervals. If you have to nap during the day, limit those naps to 20 minutes, because the longer you snooze the more difficult it will be to go to…