Sleep plays an important role in our health and these days it is more important than ever to keep our immune systems as healthy as can be. Lack of sleep can affect your immune system and studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick and/or take longer to recover.
In a recent survey of women across the USA conducted by WomenCertified Inc, data shows:
81% of women believe a good night’s sleep contributes to her overall health.
94% of women believe that the right mattress will prevent tossing and turning thereby helping her sleep better
43% of women said that increasing sleep discomfort followed by 21% who said needing to change the size of the mattress was a reason to look for a new mattress
40% of women surveyed believe that you should replace a mattress every 10 years.
78% of women stated cost was a reason for prolonging the decision to change a mattress followed by 36% who felt that their mattress was still in good condition after 10 years
Top sleep challenges prohibiting women from getting a good night sleep were: Back/joint pain, temperature (getting too hot/cold) and a close third place tie of tossing/turning, partner disturbance, and insomnia
Mattresses should be replaced every 8-10 years. While your mattress may look fine on the outside, did you know that an eight-year-old mattress contains more than 10 pounds of dead skin cells and the average bed is home to six billion dust mites. You read that correctly: six billion!
I don’t know about you but that alone makes me want a new mattress today!
Since you spend a ⅓ of your life on a mattress, it is important that the mattress meet your needs. Mattresses are not all the same. Making sure you have a good, clean mattress is key to getting good sleep.
While a mattress is a costly investment, think of it as an investment in your health. A fresh mattress will help you sleep better and in turn keep your immune system healthy.
The Shippable Scott Living Mattress by Restonic Mattress has made a huge difference in my sleep. I am so appreciative of the quality rest and sleep I have gotten lately. I would strongly suggest giving Restonic a try and you will find that the mattress is a balance of firm and soft – middle of the road. The mattress is so comfortable with the right amount of comfort for a full night’s sleep. The pictures shown are of a queen mattress – highly recommended.
The mattress comes in the mail, bubble wrapped, and completely covered and protected. This mattress is rolled and easier to carry up the stairs. I highly recommend carrying up to the location in the box, then opening and removing from the box where it will flatten very quickly.
The Shippable Scott Living Mattress has an individually wrapped coil base and has coil edging to provide extra support under the memory foam/gel top layer.
Restonic has earned the Women’s Choice Award as a highly recommended mattress brand by women across the USA and I can see why!
I am proud to be in the great state of Ohio and could not be more proud of our Governor Mike Dewine and Ohio Director of Health, Dr. Amy Acton and Lt. Governor Jon Husted.
I say this to start because when chaos is around us, praise those who are leading and making difficult decisions. I believe the stay home order has made a huge difference is preventing a surge and has given us time to get supplies and given us precious time to learn and prepare.
Throughout the article, it shows a glimpse of what is happening everywhere – shortage of PPE, not enough beds, and not enough vents. And not enough tests. It also appears a lack of consistency of care and allocation of resources for health care employees and patients.
Current state of the hospitals – everyone is in dire needs of PPe and everyone is scrambling.
Because Ohio has been vigilant:
1. Battelle will clean 160,000 n95 masks
2. At least 10,000 gloves arrived
3. Hydroxychloroquin is seemingly working in high doses
4. People are seeing the need for social distancing
Small blessings….each of the above things is a blessing….
As I have mentioned previously, my dad died of H1n1 and were given many blessings along his passing. Let me explain….Dad progressively got worse over time…he developed the cough, the fever, the difficulty breathing (Ards) same as Coronavirus (acute respiratory distress) and pneumonia – all of which are similar to Corona….but he was in the hospital for 3 days, intubated (ventilator) suffered 2 strokes, received ECMO (and most likely would have survived if it had not been for the strokes) – my point is…we were given 25 days to let go. To say what we wanted, to give hugs (even though he was in a coma), to hold his hand, to pray, and to come to terms.
Right now, families cannot get that closure or they may be given at the last moment a goodbye. One thing that was the best thing we did- my dad’s parents were living and did not make the trek to the last hospital for his final 72 hours but we called his parents and them talk with my dad and say goodbye. One can say – that is ridiculous but it was a gift for my grandparents but also a gift for my dad. As soon as his parents said goodbye on speaker phone, my brother, Mom, and I also said goodbye and my dad’s comatose state changed and immediately he started shutting down. Within 10 minutes, he passed. I still say that small gesture of letting go – gave everyone peace.
What are your loved ones requests?….where are the account information, passwords, retirements, insurance, disability, wills, power of atty, medical healthcare power of atty, and who gets your dog, etc. I think if you are prepared, it won’t happen…maybe it is silly but be prepared and have the conversations. After my dad passed, I made a folder of my requests – Costco Casket, Return to Sender Casket Cover, and all my documents, credit cards info, account info in a few spots but those who need to know – know. It is something that I was unsure of typing here but I am open about things that should be addressed. When are you okay if someone lets you pass? In this situation, the decision may be made without consent if you are failing and someone else has a chance…..everything changes with a surge….not everything will go as planned and a lot of people will not get the care needed- trust me, it will happen. Healthcare workers will be working 16 hours shifts, won’t have access to meds, won’t have vents, or proper PPe. First responders will all be in the same boat and will all be struggling – families will have to make decisions and stress levels go through the roof. Facts not Fear – this will impact someone you know…
While Coronavirus seems like it won’t happen to healthy people; It is making healthy young people sick. The daily report continually shows it does not discriminate – it is attacking children, adults, men, women, etc. The reality of care is when there is a surge- procedures of who will be taken care of and who will not receive support if resources are limited. Have discussions now – you may not be able to enter the hospital and your loved one may be unable to communicate.
The more you stay home – the greater your chance is of not getting Covid 19. In Ohio, we are not to surge levels – surge levels mean quality of care goes down, resources and people are thin, and mistakes happen. It is going to get bad. It is going to get scary. I am worried and I am scared.
The longer I go without getting Covid19- the better – the best case scenario is getting the vaccine before getting the virus. I hope I make it to see the vaccine before getting the virus but who knows…
I see concern on B’s face. He is confident and always humble and kind. I have seen the face of worry, the face of (this is going to get real – right away) and the consistent reminders to stay home, wash my hands, and go where I have to; not just to go out n about. I am a busy body and love to be doing something. I am limiting my trips outside the house. I am doing everything I can to social distance and avoid getting the virus. I pray for all families and friends. This virus is very dangerous, does not care who it hurts … it is just a sad reality.
Hugs and prayers,
May God watch over of each of you. May you be blessed with a good immune system, good support system when you get lonely, and do your part to stay home or work if you have to!
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Hopefully you are out of office right now and are social distancing yourself as much as possible. . . Enjoying a bit of social distancing here ❤️ . A couple of tips during CoVID-19 🧼 Wash your hands frequently 🤚Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands 😷Avoid close contact with people who are sick 👩💻Put distance between yourself and other people around you 🧽 Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces 🏡 Stay home if you are sick + get medical care if necessary 🍊 Have a supply of food staples and household supplies 💊 Make sure you have a 30 day supply of prescription medications and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, cough and cold medicines, stomach remedies, fluids with electrolytes and vitamins ⛽️ Fill your car with gas 🏥 Help family and friends get prepared and share the safety messaging with those who may not have access to it ☎️ Call 1-833-4-Ask-ODH will answer any CoVID-19 questions 🚙 Drive thru CoVID-19 testing will be at Ohio State University soon . @ohiodepartmentofhealth @trendyheidi @trendywithapassport . . .
1. Airfare: will run you a pretty penny. Look for deals. The first part of the trip was booked when I found a flight from NY to Santiago for $490. The flight stopped in Atlanta on the way and flying from Atlanta to Santiago was over $1600 and Delta does not let you miss a leg to get a cheaper fare – they will cancel your flight.
Now we needed to get to New York and from Santiago to Punta Arenas. The NY flight was around $250 (paid with miles) and the flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas was $300 per person. Again, not cheap.
Flights on the way down:
Delta 5893: 8:53 AM – 10:43 AM CMH to LGA
Delta 2210: 5:59 PM – 8:38 PM LGA to ATL
Delta 146: 8:50 PM – 5:38 AM ATL to SCL
Latam 283: 3:23 PM – 6:45 PM SCL to PUQ
Flights on the Way Back:
Latam 12:08 PM – 3:33 PM PUQ to SCL
Delta 147: 8:50 PM – 5:38 AM SCL to ATL
Delta 2933: 7:30 AM to 9:47 AM ATL to LGA
Delta 5888: 1:42 PM to 3:43 PM LGA to CMH
Once you get to Punta Arenas, there are buses that will take you to major cities however there were a lot of little finds I wanted to check out so a rental car was the best option $450 for 6 days. Keep in mind limited rentals available so book early and renting a car for a day might be $200 and has to be returned by 6 pm so plan ahead (Europ Rental Car)
3. Plan ahead know what you want to do.
Day 1: arrival and driving 2.5 hours to outside the Torres del Paine Park. The Hotel CostaAustralis was perfect and absolutely a highlight to the stay. (This hotel is highly recommended)
The bus was perfect for day 2 as we rode and slept a lot on the bus and they stop for scenic things. Restroom and food options. The bus tour was from Chile to Argentina visiting Perito Mereno Glacier and seeing El Calafate
Day 3: from the hotel. We took a boat ride in the Patagonian Icefields and I loved every minute of it. It was a bit cold but beautiful. We were served a Chilean bbq. We were supposed tondo the Balmaceda y Serrento Glacier but there was a fatality so all zodiacs were cancelled but we did the boat ride that was quite lovely.
Day 4: We drove 2.5 hours to Hotel Torres – a beautiful hotel in the midst of Patagonia (Highly Recommended) . This hotel was not cheap but privately owned and absolutely stunning. The hotel had wonderful food and close parking to the trail for Torres del Paine. While here, did a horseback excursion in the afternoon and planned for Hiking Torres del Paine the next morning.
Day 5: we hiked Torres del Paine while mom went to the spa for the day. The hike was good – long- 13 hours of hard hiking. I am not kidding. Returned about 4 pm to the hotel and went for a drive to see the Grey Glacier.
Day 6: We drove around Patagonia inside the park for a few hours then headed out to Punta Arenas – a 6 hour drive from the Park. When arriving in Punta Arenas – one of the last places in South America before Antarctica – we visited a few of the cemetery markers – beautiful largeresting places. The city is quite lovely.
Day 7: Drove to the airport to catch flights home.
The weather can change on a dime so be prepared. April is considered a good- pleasant temperature time to go. 40-50s and at night 20-30 degrees. All I can say is we had the best visit and weather when we went. The winds can be extremely strong – come prepared for rain, wind, and cold – bone chilling weather.
5. So much to do in Patagonia
The list of things to do is plentiful. For starters – hiking and driving will consume a lot of your trip. For those reading this, I am really not a hiker – I don’t particularly enjoy walking in the wilderness while animals can potentially get me. You will not normally find me on a hike when back at home. The hikes in Patagonia are hard – they are for people who exercise (which I do) and have endurance. I found the Torres del Paine hike to be the best part of my trip. I was proud that I did it and so thankful that it was clear when we arrived. It was the hardest thing I have done and the half marathon I completed did not compare.
For those non- hikers, my mom found that the spas were nice and enjoyed reading, relaxing, and no cell phone service a welcomed part of the vacation.
Horseback riding, boating, guided tours of glaciers or tours of the landscape are some other options. Hotel Torres had a collection of options they provide and the list was incredible!
6. Food in Patagonia
The food is terrific. Barbecue is popular and culinary experiences are wonderful. The steak, mushrooms, lamb, seafood are all very popular. Sharing food is very popular in Chile and Argentina. People are family oriented and spending time barbecuing in the yard is popular. Three hours of cooking and tender meat will be upon you.
Many restaurants do not accept credit cards
Service is really slow amd dinner is late starting at 8 pm
If you see a large group- inclination is to keep movong on but instead join in – you don’t want to miss the amazing food
Most people in Chile and Argentina speak Spanish but as a native English speaker, everyone we encountered in Patagonia spoke Emglish without a problem. The hotels had a lot of employees from New Zealand and Australia as well as Europe. Google translate can help
8. Cell Phone Service
Cell service is limited in parts of Chile and Argentina but when you have service – the Verizon cell phone only charges $10 a day for unlimited service but make sure you have this turned on before leaving the US
9. Things You Need to Bring
C. Hiking Boots
D. Hat or Beanie
F. Travel Insurance
9. It is expensive in Patagonia
I am pretty sure nothing was cheap in Patagonia – the food was expensive, clothing – expensive, wool- expensive, accommodations- expensive transportation – expensive
10. Patagonia is Huge!
A. Travel is slow, border crossing is easier said that done (unless your rental has the right paperwork; you cannot go) – you must plan the details because it can range 3 hours to 15 hours throughout Patagonia.
11. Patagonia is Environmentally Conscious
There is no trash on the side of the road or in the wilderness. Everyone is environmentally conscious and makes an effort to keep things need and organized. Wildlife is unique – views are incredible and everything is pristine
12. Come Prepared
You must come prepared with clothes, extra battery charges, food, snacks, water.
13. A recap of what you need to know:
– Patagonia is expensive
– well worth the visit
– The views are incredible
-Pick accommodations wisely
-Rent a car in advance
-Be environmentally conscious
– Weather is crazy
– internet? What is that?
– Bring warm clothing and put items in ziplock
– Sunscreen, sunglasses, hiking boots should be brought
– Patagonia is safe
– If hiking Torres del Paine – consider Hotel Torres when you do the hike
– Travel Insurance
Costs: for 3 people
El calafate: $311.94
Boat Ride: $432.89
Car Rental with Insurance and all Gas: $636.79
Hotel Torres $940 (2 nights)
Food, Horses $225.73
Hotel Costaaustralis: $507.47 (3 nights)
Hotel Cabo Hornes $184.51
Travel Insurance per person: $81
$50 per person per day – maybe less depending.
Flight to NY: $386 per person
Flight to santiago: $579.03 per person
Flight to Punta Arena: $350 per person
**some of the costs were paid with miles**
$2,000 per person would include all food, car, hotel, excursions, and flights