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Health & Nurturing
2014 November
Pg 7 - The Sunshine Express
The Retired Senior Volunteer Pro-
gram - Colorado West, is offering
an open house for Medicare Part
D enrollment, Monday, Nov 3,
9a-3p, 121 N Park Ave, Suite C,
Trained counselors through the
State Health Insurance Program
(SHIP) work with individuals and
couples to evaluate their current
Medicare Part D drug prescription
plan, and guide them toward any
different plan or plans that will
best meet their lifestyles and
ing asleep is a matter of your surroundings.¡±
Anne Holic, interior design instructor at The
Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The
Art Institute of Atlanta, focuses on areas
of the bedroom that you may want to re-
evaluate in order to create the sleep haven
you¡¯ve been craving. These include lighting,
furniture and decor.
Humans were created to be in-synch with
the sun cycle. For this reason, Holic recom-
mends installing dimmer switches on your
lights, which she says can mimic the way
the sun works. Holic also recommends using
window treatments such as blinds or heavy
drapes to eliminate light.
Both Brown and Holic warn about electronics
that provide artificial light in the bedroom.
¡°Get rid of your phones, TVs and tablets
while in bed. The artificial light will inter-
rupt your sleep cycle and keep your brain
activated, making it harder to get to sleep
and keep you off the more natural sleep pat-
terns,¡± Brown says.
Furniture and decor:
Holic emphasizes that paint colors are im-
portant. You want to choose colors that are
calm, such as blues, greens or a calm violet
and avoid colors in the red family. In addi-
tion to color, Holic says people are thinking
more environmentally and choosing paints
with low or no volatile organic compounds.
Simplifying the space is critical, according
to Holic. Along with the TVs and comput-
ers, exercise equipment and any other
potential disturbances should be removed
from the bedroom. Don¡¯t forget to include
some inspiring artwork that is meaningful
and brings you feelings of calm. Make sure
you have a comfortable mattress and think
about adding an area rug to your bedroom.
¡°Area rugs give a cozy feeling to the room,¡±
says Holic. ¡°They work well, because carpets
can harbor a lot of dust and mold.¡±
Brown recommends a white noise machine
or ceiling fan to drown out the background
noise. Holic agrees, adding that white noise
like the hum of a ceiling fan, can reduce the
background noise you hear by about 20%.
If you are interested in following some of
the principles of feng shui in your bedroom,
Holic suggests keeping the bed away from
doors and anchoring the bed with a strong
headboard and nightstands on both sides.
Both Holic and Brown agree that keeping
your home cooler during the night will help
you sleep better. Keep your thermostat
at the most comfortable cool setting, as
changes in your body¡¯s thermal regulation
will wake you.
medical conditions, and perhaps save them money,
too. The counselors will not endorse or suggest
any particular plan, and no salesman will try to sell
you anything!
No appointment is required. We welcome walk-ins!
There is no charge. Assistance is on a first come,
first served basis. Those coming Nov 3 are asked
to bring their Medicare card and current prescrip-
This year¡¯s Medicare Open Enrollment period
is now through Dec 7. During this period, those
with Medicare can make changes to their plans
without penalty, although the changes will not take
effect until Jan 1, 2015.
If unable to make the Nov 3 event, Medicare
Counseling reservations are available M-F, at
the RSVP office in Montrose, and on selected
dates in area towns and cities. Reservations and
more info is available by calling 970.249.9639 or
The bedroom: the key to
a restful night¡¯s sleep
(BPT) Whether snuggling in for
the night or just trying to catch
a few quick winks, your environ-
ment plays an important role in
determining if you¡¯re counting
sheep or counting Zzzs. From
noise reduction to lighting, there
are a few easy ways you can
turn your bedroom into a tran-
quil oasis.
¡°A third of the adult popula-
tion suffers from insomnia from
time to time, but only about 6
percent meet the criteria for
an actual sleep disorder,¡± says
Dr. Christina Brown from the
Florida School of Professional
Psychology at Argosy University
in Tampa. ¡°In a good number of
cases, getting to sleep and stay-
Plan For Sleep
Open Enrollment
¡°In the short-term, just one sleep-
deprived night can interfere with
your ability to concentrate, affect
your mood and even make you
drowsy during the day,¡± explains
Brown. If getting healthier is a goal
for you, make getting adequate
sleep part of your plan.
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