Solar Eclipse History

Everyone is gearing up for the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. The last solar eclipse has not occurred for over 30 years. It occurred on Monday, February 26, 1979. This is a memorable day in history due to it being the day of the last solar eclipse, but for Lou Tomososki it holds a deeper meaning. It was on this day that Lou Tomososki went partially blind. So for this solar eclipse, protect your eyes! If you plan on looking at it, make sure to buy protective glasses.

Here is what was going on during the last solar eclipse.

  • Jimmy Carter was president
  • Corinne Bailey Rae and Mariano Bainotti was born
  • The most popular song in the US was “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” by Rod Stewart
  • CBS’ premiered a NYC sitcom entitled “Flatbush”
  • The 47 Ronin was one of the most viewed movies released
  • Overload, by Arthur Hailey, was one of the best-selling books
  • People fell in love with Stockard Channing in Just Friends
  • NASL Socceror Speed Freak was the video game of the time

Wonder what this solar eclipse will bring…

Monday Morning Blahs

Monday sucks; let’s just put it out there—especially Monday mornings. Most of us feel it Sunday afternoon; those dreaded blahs where the weekend is gone and here comes Monday once again to body slam us into reality. Now while some may be blessed with not having these blah feelings, a lot of us do.

Some research surmises that it is due to the disruptive sleep patterns that occurs over the weekend—staying up late, sleeping in, and a host of other activities that destroy any good sleep habits we did throughout the week.

It can also be as simple as not wanting to go to work or school or what ever else we are supposed to do on Monday. Sundays, unlike Saturdays, which are jam packed with errands and activities to do, are sometimes left for more quiet and chill relaxation where the blahs can hit.

But you don’t have to be like everyone else and you can learn to take Monday morning head on.

Snooze No More

We’ve said it before but don’t hit the snooze button, especially Monday morning. The alarm lets our body know that it is time to get up and by hitting the snooze button, you are delaying the inevitable and making yourself more groggy as you roll out of bed.

Get Moving

Exercise is proven to help boost energy, especially throughout the day so try to exercise at least 3 times a week. Even taking your dog for a walk will do the trick.

Your E-mail Can Wait

I promise you nothing will fall off if you don’t check your email on your phone before you get into work (in most cases at least). Monday is the start to your week and when you mentally prepare for it. E-mails can be a distraction so wait until you get to your desk to nose dive into your inbox.

Don’t Do It on a Monday

With Sunday afternoons bumming us out, Monday’s are a prime day for big decisions or people to quit their jobs. Don’t do it! Mondays make us more emotionally distraught and you might end up regretting the decision later. Give it a day so you’ll have chance to think about it and actually schedule what you want to do and say.

Get Some Results

Work on projects where you can see immediate results. Even small tasks can give us a sense of accomplishment and boost your mood during those Monday morning blues.

Do Dogs Dream?

Do dogs dream? Researchers say they do, and similar to humans. In 2001, researchers at MIT studied the activity of rats brains when they ran a race and while they were in rapid-eye movement sleep (REM). They found that the brain activities were similar in both instances and concluded that the rats must be dreaming about the maze they ran earlier in the day.

Since rats can dream, researchers posited that other animals, like dogs, would also dream in similar ways.

How can you tell when your dog is dreaming?

Usually they bark, whimper or twitch their legs in REM sleep. Another indicator that your dog is dreaming is if their eyes are moving behind their eyelids 10-20 minutes after they have fallen asleep.

A dog’s frequency of dreams is also dependent on their size. Researchers have found that small dogs, like toy poodles, dream about every 10 minutes whereas large dogs, like golden retrievers, only dream about every 90 minutes. There is further indication that puppies and senior dogs dream more than middle-age dogs.

So what are they dreaming about?

Very similar to people, dogs dream about waking things or doggy things…chasing a bird, digging a hole or even just running around.

But what to do if your dog is dreaming?

Ever heard of “let sleeping dogs lie?” It’s a pretty good old adage and one you should stick to. Waking your dog up during their REM sleep can be startling, similar to a person being awoken from a dream, and can result in your dog lashing out or being very drowsy in the morning.

Source: American Kennel Club & Live Science

Sleep Mythology

Bedtime routines differ around the world, but so do myths. In America, we have Rip Van Winkle, the man who slept for twenty years. We have Sleeping Beauty, who was placed under a spell that only true love could break. But what about other cultures?

Because the name Tanda comes from Hindi origins, it seemed only fair to start there. In Hindu mythology, the god Vishnu, slept on the cosmic ocean and created the universe during sleep.

In Greek mythology, Hypnos is the personification of sleep. As the story goes, Hypnos was able to trick Zeus and put him to sleep, while he helped the Danaans win the Trojan War. The word “hypnosis” is derived from his name. This is because of the sleep-like state a person is in when they are hypnotized.

The Domovoi appears in Slavic folklore. He is a protective house spirit that watches over occupants as they sleep. If he is kept happy, he will help in household chores, but if he is angered, he acts similar to a poltergeist. His behavior tells of the future.

These are just some of the sleep myths around the world. We could go on and on, but rather than tell you the rest, how about you dream of them?

 

Interpreting Your Dreams

Everyone dreams even if they don’t remember it. Not remembering a dream is a very common practice, however, sometimes there are those dreams that are difficult to shake. Here are some common dreams and what they mean.

Falling

These types of dreams are the most common and frequent of all dreams we experience in our lifetime. Dreams of falling are usually vivid and tend to wake you up before hitting the bottom. Usually when we dream of falling, we have lost control of something.

Water

Seeing water in a dream can be interpreted in various ways from the color to the type and even how you are interacting with water in the dream. Here we’ll talk about the colors of the water

  • Clear: a positive symbol letting you know your emotions are clear. Is someone else in the dream with you? Your subconscious might be trying to tell you something
  • Murky/Brown: unclear water might suggest emotional difficulties
  • Dark Blue: this dark color suggests that your unconscious emotions could be heavy and deep. How do you feel in the water in your dream? It’ll let you know your level of comfort with those emotions
  • Red: as most things that are red in dreams, this suggests anger and passion. This colors brings out your inner feelings

Dreaming in a Dream

How very Inception of you; now while this might seem like you are dreaming of the movie (and fingers crossed Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Tom Hardy show up in your dreams), it is not that uncommon to have a dream within a dream. Similar to the movie, you will be able to discover levels to your unconscious mind that you couldn’t access before.

Dancing

Ever busted a move in your dreams? Dancing in dreams can mean so many different things! So how are you dancing in your dreams?

  • Alone: you feel complete & free
  • With a partner: feel joy and safety with that person
  • Taking the lead: you are in control and in charge
  • Stepping on your partners feet: awkwardness in the situation
  • Audience or with a group: you are putting on a show, let loose and have fun!

Driving

Dreams of this nature indicate your life’s path. How the road looks will help to guide you with what is ahead of you.

Sleep Habits Around the World

Each country has its own unique culture. So it is no surprise that this even extends to sleep.

Guatemala

  • Sometimes excessive worry keeps you awake at night. Therefore, worry dolls were born. These dolls are incredibly small and can be placed under a pillow. One doll for each worry. They are then placed under a pillow, so that the sleeper can relieve themselves of their worries.

Japan

  • Japan is named one of the top countries that sleeps the least. They average about 6 hours and 22 minutes a night. It is no surprise, then, that napping is a custom adopted by the Japanese. However, these naps are usually done in public; on a train, standing up, at a desk, or even in meetings. These naps are called “inemuri” or “to be asleep while present.” The idea is that a person is so fatigued from over working that they can’t help but nap.

Argentina

  • The kids usually go to bed around 10pm. This is considered late to many Americans, but in Argentina, children are encouraged to stay awake to partake in evening activities. Very often, dinner is served at 9pm. Don’t worry, many Argentine kids sleep in late too.

Afghanistan

  • Families have a multipurpose bedroom. Often, families will sleep together in the same room, and then in the morning, bed mats are rolled up to create a living room for sharing a meal.

Italy

  • Although, siesta is a Spanish word, Italians are known to also take siestas. Around midday they will close shop, go home, eat lunch, and nap. This proves beneficial because the body naturally gets tired around midday.

Bostwana and Zaire

  • They sleep when they’re tired. In hunter gatherer tribes like the !Kung of ­Botswana and the Efe of Zaire, they have no set sleep schedule. They sleep during the day, at night, really whenever they are tired. Sleep medicine scientists are saying that only sleeping when tired can actual prove beneficial in getting better sleep.

Tanda ठंडा (adj.): cool

Every night, it’s the same routine. You brush your teeth. You wash your face. You put on pajamas…or not. And then finally, bedtime, the best time of day! You snuggle up with a pillow and your favorite blanket waiting for sleep to consume you…and you wait…and wait…and wait…but alas you just can’t get comfortable. You’re too hot. You’re too restless. You keep tossing and turning until all of a sudden it’s 2 a.m. Monday morning and you have to get up for work in 4 hours. If this has happened to you, you’re not alone. 68% of Americans have trouble falling asleep at least once a week. Luckily, we have a solution.

Here are 5 reasons the Tanda mattress is the mattress for you:

1) Four layers of breathable cooling comfort

2) Appeasers “insomnia”, or in layman’s terms “resisting a rest” by regulating body temperature

3) Neutralizes the restless dragon in you, making it easier to focus on fighting nights by keeping you cool throughout your sleep battle

4) The only mattress with a customizable “cool-to-touch” feature

5) ATROS (Advanced Temperature Regulation for Optimum Sleep) technology.

Still not convinced? How about we let you sleep on it. #sleepgoalsachieved