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Getting a good night's rest

Published:Wednesday | September 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour! What dollar value would you accord with what you may consider a good night's rest? Can't think of a figure? That's understandable. It is said that over 10 million prescriptions are issued for sleeping pills annually in England. The global tally could run into billions. Seems that sleep is really critical to our well-being. The researchers say that a good night's rest will help you:

To maintain your figure - and I might add, your vigour;

To concentrate better;

To maintain a positive outlook;

To look more attractive;

To make better decisions;

To live longer;

To stay healthy;

To remember important details;

To have a better sex life.

Sleeplessness may stem from loneliness, tiredness, mental and physical disorders, etc. There are many persons who might not be affected by any of the above yet their greatest dream is a good night's rest. They live in luxury. Financially, academically and socially, nothing is amiss. In other words, they sit pretty. What then could be their issue?

A story was told of a 17th Century merchant of wealth who summarily dismissed a poor boy who requested a few coins of him as he walked hurriedly to his office one morning. About 25 minutes into his morning meeting, the merchant heard the child's voice ringing in his ear. In an effort to silence this nagging voice, he shouted at everyone. The resultant confusion brought the meeting to an abrupt end within minutes.

Over lunch, the child's voice returned like a piercing needle and the merchant lost his appetite. By 6:00 p.m. his day was completely ruined by this nagging voice. A fine family, a scrumptious meal, soft light and beautiful music at home could not lighten his evening. Though exhausted, sleep was kept at bay by the sound of the child's voice still ringing. Robbed of his night's sleep, he was too tired to return to the office the following day. The rest is history.

Now I am no sleep expert, but I'd like to suggest that a major cause of sleeplessness is unkindness. Couples who cheat, people who despise the needy, management and staff who undermine one another, the indiscretionate police officer; thieves, liars, murderers, adulterers, robbers and backbiters, etc., are all engaged in acts of unkindness and are bound to have restless nights.

So then, if you are suffering from insomnia, visit your health professional and please let them know whether or not you practise acts of kindness. It could speed up the diagnosis and save dollars. Before taking me to task, would you consider assisting someone from the list below? It could help with your night rest.

I thank you kindly and may all your nights be restful.

Thanks to neighbours

1. Audrey, for offering a television to a needy neighbour.

2. Simone, for offering textbooks to a needy student.

3. Neighbour, St Catherine, for offering clothing for five-year-old girl.

4. Ms Stephen, Westmore-land, for donating to neighbour who needs hip replacement.

5. Jefrine, St Andrew, for offering clothing to female neighbour.

6. Yvette, for offering crib and whatnot.

Opportunities to help

1. A neighbour is asking for grade-seven textbooks.

2. Charmaine, St Mary, needs a stove and chairs.

3. Elaine, Linstead, asking for television and a divan bed base.

4. Neighbour, St Andrew, asking for clothing for a newborn baby.

5. Edith, senior citizen, is asking for help to buy medication.

6. A neighbour whose house is falling apart is asking for help to restore it.

7. Angella, St Catherine, a single mother, needs a divan bed.

8. A neighbour is requesting a school bag.

9. Carmen, St Catherine, is asking for female clothing for church in sizes 12 and 14.

10. A neighbour who was a fire victim is asking for a bed and other household items.

11. Sophia needs a mattress.

12. Tanya is asking for dresser, stove and other household items.

13. A neighbour, St Andrew, also a third-form student, is asking for a T-square, set square, drawing compass. Mother cannot afford to buy.

To help us, please call 906-3167, 884-3866, 299-3412 or deposit to NCB acct # 351 044 276. (bank routing #: JNCBJMKX), or send donations to Hello Neighbour c/o 53 Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston 10,