Lack of Sleep and Aging

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27%- Retirement Transition: Who Am I and What Do I Do All Day?

26% - No EnergyNo Purpose, No Focus, No Goals:  Just Day to Day Living (bored)

20% - Lonely:  Need Friends

15% - Money: Low Income, Not Enough Savings, Will It Last? 

10% - Health Issues

2% -- Other

Like many of you, my family of seniors don't sleep well. 

I wake up many times each night but do fall back asleep... I simply need more solid deep sleep. My sister-in-law, recently, couldn't sleep at all -- she'd be awake all night long (which makes for a very, very long agitated nighttime). 

As retirees, we have too much time on our hands, especially during these COVID times. We simply must find some new activity, something to focus on, until this is over.

Then, we have this crazy subconscious mind running rampant. This brings you to worry after worry, much of which is not even logical. Add that worry to lots of old programming -- and what a mess. Uggg!

So, one morning, I am up at 4:30 am with Mia, my dog, who woke me up, then falls back to sleep next to me while *I* am wide awake! I'm watching Bob Ross, the deceased painter, on Public TV. I haven't watched him in years1 As I watched and listened, I was seriously lulled by his voice, mesmerized by this painting. 

At the end of this PBS special, they talked about a scientific study about the lure of Bob's voice. They showed fans of all ages, all cultures, speaking about how Bob affected their lives! I was amazed! 

Enter SLEEP STORIES!

Nowadays, there is something called: Sleep Stories (a term I've never heard before). 

Oddly enough, my sister-in-law had asked for a YouTube channel with people reading books to adults... she thought that might help her sleep.  There are plenty of audio books, but they didn't seem to help.

TV wasn't working well as she would hear big bangs, and other startling noises, or the commercial would come on, and it's always a louder volume. 

Boom -- Don't sleep out there, watch us!

Here are a few SLEEP STORY resources to try if you need sleep: 

YouTube for Bob Ross -- He is so softly spoken, and you might find a new appreciation for painting (or even choose to try this yourself)! Bob might be the perfect sleep-noise for you! Some are only a few minutes long, but at the bottom of his page, videos are longer. He has 4.4 million subscribers (despite being deceased for many years now).

YouTube: Bob Ross Painting Videos

You Tube Sleep Stories on CALM -- These stories are read by a super-calming Bob Ross type of voice. You can find Sleep Stories on CALM, scroll down a bit to find the Sleep Stories, You will see some that are an hour-long -- others only one minute (usually fans talking about Calm or Sleep Stories). 

Sleep Stories on CALM

Stephen Fry's 'Blue Gold'  -- This is one I listened to -- so good! On this specific audio below, they say: "Trouble Sleeping? We challenge anyone to stay awake for all 24 minutes of this sleep-inducing masterpiece, Blue Gold, narrated by Stephen Fry and written by Phoebe Smith."

They are challenging us -- try this  one and tell me in the comments if you stay awake past 24 minutes! I'm curious if this doesn't help you sleep.

Stephen Fry's 'Blue Gold'

Sound Machines for White Noise

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As I thought more about SLEEP and it's importance in our lives, I decided to take action in a different direction, I ordered several Sound Machines from Amazon. 

This one I purchased as a Christmas gift for my husband, Terry, was the Magicteam Sound Machine.

What I like about this machine is:

  • It's a little heavy, meaning it won't easily get knocked off the side table, when searching for it in the middle of the night.
  • There are only a few buttons along the bottom so easy peasy to operate.
  • There are 20 Sounds: white noise, brown noise, pink noise, blue noise, a fan, brook, rain, ocean, bird and bonfire... so you can choose one that appeals and soothes you. Who knew there were "colors" of noise? Grin! Very subtle differences but you find one for you!
  • You can set for a few hours or continuous, depending on what you want.  We choose continuous and it runs all night long.

I also purchased SonTech White Noise Sound Machine  for my mother and my sister-in-law.

I purchased a white version, not black as shown to the left... doesn't really matter, but just saying.

So WHY not the first choice? Well, several reasons:

  • My 94-year old mother would never find the buttons in the dark, in the first machine. I wanted everything spelled out for her to not frustrate her  (more than she often already is).
  • My sister-in-law was sleeping really badly, so I thought she might need more visible options -- so she didn't hit the volume or a wrong sound in the middle of the night and scare herself. 
  • There are 10 sounds available, so plenty to choose from, and yet, not overwhelmingly so.
  • This machine can be played on a timer, and continuous, like the machine above. 

I was also surprised to read different reasons people use White Noise Machines:

  • Sleep, but also Relax and Focus 
  • Soothes adults and also kids
  • Creates a disturbance free atmosphere
  • Keeps conversations private
  • Blocks undesirable noise

I will begin to use White Noise when I work on my website here... if it brings me FOCUS, that's certainly what this senior brain needs! :)


Are you a good sleeper? Take naps? Have a hard time sleeping?

Share your two cents on sleeping. It's important for all of us. Maybe your two cents, your experiences, will help another retiree!

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Brown Noise 
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