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SNIPPETZ IS SLEEP TALKING! by Deborah Stumpf “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” -Benjamin Franklin

ISSUE 473 • NOVEMBER 22, 2010

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homas Edison said, “Sleep is an acquired habit. Cells don’t sleep. Fish swim in the water all night. Even a horse doesn’t sleep. A man doesn’t need any sleep.” Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov agreed: “I never use an alarm clock. I can hardly wait until 5 a.m. In the Army, I always woke before reveille. I hate sleeping. It wastes time.” Humans spend about one-third of their life sleeping, and the experts would challenge Edison and Asimov by touting the benefits of eight hours of sleep a night. Performing at one’s best and maintaining good health are two benefits. Sleep deprivation can lead to poor work habits, chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity, a weakened immune system, depression, cardiovascular disease and premature aging. Despite the warnings, Americans still don’t get enough sleep. Work, family, stress, sleep disorders are a few factors that prevent people from that eight hours of shut eye. And as the holidays approach, Mr. Sandman loses big time to Santa.

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But some people have said sleep is overrated; they can live productively on less than eight hours. Studies also have shown that people who sleep between six and a half and seven and a half hours a night live the longest. People who slept less than six hours a night or more than eight didn’t live as long as the first group.

Neuroscientists have found major differences in the brains of early risers or night owls. Participants in a study were grouped in either category based on a questionnaire about their habits.

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Magnetic resonance imaging-guided brain stimulation was used to test muscle torque and the excitability of pathways through the spinal cord and brain. The brains of the morning people were most excitable at 9 a.m., and the excitability factor decreased throughout the day. The brains of the night owls were most excitable at 9 p.m. Evening people also became physically stronger throughout the day, while morning people didn’t change.

On average, adults age 25 to 55 should get eight hours of sleep every night. Some studies have shown that older adults need less sleep – about six hours. But others argue that seniors need eight hours but their sleep is frequently interrupted. Babies sleep about 16 hours a day.

SLEEP DISORDERS Sleep is compromised at certain times of life: parenting an infant (or a teenage driver), menopause, old age, etc. Sleep disorders on the other hand can be chronic.

Sleep is especially vital in reference to adolescents and teenagers. There is a reason it takes a bullhorn and a bulldozer to get a teenager out of bed in the morning.

Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, often resulting in impaired functioning during the day. Fifty-percent of adults and older people complain of chronic insomnia symptoms.

Studies have proven that the biological clocks of teenagers keep them awake later at night and sleeping later in the morning. Teenagers need about 10 hours of sleep per night, and the effects of not getting enough sleep are much more dramatic in teens than adults. It’s why many sleep experts believe that school class start times of 7 or 7:30 a.m. are insufficient and even abusive.

Narcolepsy is excessive sleepiness during the day, causing “sleep attacks.” Restless Legs Syndrome is what the Centers for Disease Control likened to a “creeping” sensation, which is associated with nighttime aches and pains throughout the legs.

In the late 1990s, schools in Minneapolis changed start times from 7:15 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. because of recommendations from sleep experts. The University of Minnesota then studied the impact the change had on academic performance and behavior, and the results were significant. Later start times –

Sleep apnea is common. While sleeping,

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The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, where the airway has collapsed or is blocked during sleep, causing the pauses or shallow breathing. Air that is trying to squeeze past the blockage can cause loud snoring. It’s most common in people who are overweight. New studies have found that sleep apnea can cause defects in the brain’s gray matter, which creates problems with cognitive functions like attention and memory. The brain changes are thought to be caused by intermittent oxygen deprivation.

DRIVING WHILE DROWSY The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that driving while sleepy has resulted in about 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and more than 100,000 accidents each year. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety did analyzed accidents caused by drowsy drivers and found that younger drivers between 16 and 24 years of age were twice as likely to be involved in a drowsy driving accident as drivers age 40 to 59. Fifty-seven per-

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people with sleep apnea experience pauses in breathing or shallow breaths. The pauses can last a few seconds to minutes and occur five to 30 times or more an hour. When normal breathing starts again, it can be accompanied by loud snoring or choking sounds. Sleep apnea is one of the leading causes of excessive daytime sleepiness.

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Scientists have found that mammals and humans have a common denominator when they sleep: Both have REM or rapid eye movement sleep, which is associated with dreams. Humans and animals display the same level of brain activity and increased heart rate variability during REM sleep. Dogs often bark or twitch during REM sleep.

• The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours and 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The person holding the record reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred speech and memory and concentration lapses.

Rats have similar sleep needs to humans. They require rest to be alert to dodge humans and cats. Giraffes can go without sleep for weeks; brown bats sleep the entire day. The golden dormouse balances itself on the branch of a tree to sleep – and any quiver of the twig awakens the dormouse. Smaller animals require more sleep than larger animals. Animals that sleep less than four hours average are large land mammals like the elephant and the cow. Horses stand 98 percent of the time while they sleep.

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• Experts have said that one of the biggest reasons for sleep distractions is the 24-hour accessibility of the Internet. • If it takes anything less than five minutes to fall asleep at night, it means you’re sleep deprived. The ideal falling asleep time is between 10 and 15 minutes.

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1293WaltersPT

2,2,2

2008

1,396

1,396

$179,000

$158,500

10/26/2010

73

1304YellowGraniteDR

3,3,2

2005

1,534

1,534

$189,900

$189,900

10/29/2010

5 124

4665SandstoneRD

3,3,1

1980

3,098

3,098

$220,000

$215,000

10/29/2010

680RembrandtCT

4,4,2

1986

3,076

3,152

$224,000

$224,000

10/29/2010

60

220HolbrookST

4,4,2

1993

2,515

2,546

$229,900

$227,500

10/18/2010

171

16215PalaceCreekDR

4,3,2

2002

2,550

2,616

$239,900

$230,000

10/29/2010

111

15628DawsonCreek

3,3,3

2000

1,603

2,288

$240,000

$230,000

10/18/2010

157

15730JamesGatePL

3,3,3

2004

2,206

3,728

$249,000

$240,000

10/04/2010

172

15667PaiuteCR

3,3,2

2006

2,206

3,728

$249,900

$240,000

10/28/2010

199

15845ParkAV

4,3,2

2003

3,168

3,302

$250,000

$250,000

10/19/2010

75

4185SpaatzRD

4,3,2

1983

4,067

4,197

$272,900

$268,000

10/27/2010

33

1245LoneScoutLkt

3,3,2

1992

3,079

3,212

$299,900

$290,000

10/21/2010

70

5555ECountyLineRD

7,4,0

1899

4,017

4,381

$299,900

$290,000

10/05/2010

345

18220RedCloverLN

5,3,3

1985

3,440

3,440

$304,900

$296,000

10/08/2010

13

230LostCreekWY

3,3,3

1992

2,502

3,832

$309,000

$300,000

10/29/2010

95

20341HighPinesDR

4,3,2

2004

3,280

3,416

$319,000

$290,000

10/20/2010

133

1420CatamaranLN

4,3,2

1984

2,496

2,496

$324,900

$315,500

10/15/2010

142

49WalnutAV

3,3,2

2005

1,838

2,308

$325,000

$300,000

10/07/2010

118

17955MinglewoodTR

6,4,3

1997

4,335

4,426

$350,000

$400,000

10/28/2010

172

20070EElkCreekDR

4,3,2

1995

2,376

2,376

$369,000

$359,000

10/21/2010

119

18325BakersFarmRD

4,3,2

2004

2,688

4,034

$370,000

$345,000

10/04/2010

64

861CaribouCR

4,4,3

1993

3,752

4,056

$389,900

$370,000

10/19/2010

115 239

125SaddlehornTR

4,4,2

1991

3,621

3,632

$397,500

$396,000

10/29/2010

1205DeerCreekRD

4,3,2

1963

2,970

3,016

$399,000

$389,000

10/19/2010

52

20265TrueVistaCR

6,5,3

1996

5,546

5,583

$399,000

$350,000

10/28/2010

89

18620ArrowwoodDR

5,4,3

1986

4,080

4,080

$399,900

$399,900

10/22/2010

90

566LarimerCreekDR

5,5,3

2005

3,670

3,711

$400,000

$397,000

10/22/2010

114

450LariatLP

4,4,3

1995

4,327

4,481

$424,000

$410,000

10/15/2010

203

17761SawmillRD

4,4,3

2002

3,306

3,462

$429,000

$415,000

10/08/2010

114

19785KershawCT

5,4,3

2004

4,741

4,741

$439,900

$436,500

10/21/2010

64

20225RoamingDR

5,4,3

1998

3,342

4,851

$499,900

$494,000

10/29/2010

47

16569CurledOak

5,5,3

2005

4,795

4,960

$549,000

$530,000

10/29/2010

68

925ShadowMtn

4,3,3

2009

3,730

3,842

$550,000

$520,000

10/29/2010

214 0

1072GreenlandForest

6,4,3

2010

4,365

4,514

$562,000

$562,000

10/20/2010

21085CapellaDR

3,4,3

1998

4,463

4,463

$575,000

$550,000

10/27/2010

5

5770MountainShadow

3,3,3

2001

2,793

5,540

$590,000

$495,000

10/13/2010

225

705PowderhornDR

4,4,6

1999

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May drew on the story “The Ugly Duckling” and also on his own background (he was often taunted as a child for being shy, small and frail) to create the story of the misfit reindeer. Several names were considered, including Rollo (too cheerful) and Reginald (too British), before May settled on Rudolph as his reindeer’s name. Concerns about Rudolph’s red nose (an image associated with drunkards) also were overcome.

May’s story of Rudolph differed from the one we know today, made famous by Johnny Marks’ song and the 1964 television special narrated by Burl Ives. In the original story, Rudolph was not related to Santa’s reindeer and did not live at the North Pole, but in an ordinary reindeer village. He was well-adjusted and not regarded by his parents as a shameful embarrassment. He was discovered when Santa noticed a red glow coming from Rudolph’s room as he delivered presents to Rudolph’s house. Worried that a thickening fog would keep him from completing his Christmas Eve rounds, Santa tapped Rudolph to lead his reindeer team.

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LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Librans and holidays are made for each other, especially if children and animals are going to be part of your joyous season.

1. Blue 2. Northern England and southern Scotland 3. Bees, wasps and ants 4. Mary Baker Eddy 5. Billy the Kid 6. The heart 7. The draft, a requirement that people of certain age serve in the military. 8. Barge watchdogs 9. Lansing 10. King Charles I in the English Civil War

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1. The 2000 Toronto Blue Jays and 2005 Texas Rangers. 2. Bobby Richardson of the New York Yankees, in 1960. 3. Ricky Dobbs of Navy had 27 in 2009. 4. San Antonio’s Alvin Robertson was 23 years, 9 months old when he won it in 1986. 5. Marian Hossa (Pittsburgh, 2008; Detroit, 2009; Chicago, 2010). 6. Sam Ard, in 1983. 7. Andre Agassi had 17 victories in Masters events.

FLASH BACK ANSWERS 1. “Hullabaloo” was a weekly musical variety show on primetime TV that showcased the leading pop acts of the mid 1960s, including Petula Clark, Herman’s Hermits and Sonny and Cher. The show included dancers, one of them a go-go dancer in a cage. 2. “YMCA.” The Young Men’s Christian Association objected to the use of its name, but eventually dropped the threat. “YMCA” is often used as a between-innings crowd pleaser at sports venues. 3. Marcie Blane, in 1962. It reached No. 3 on the Hot 100 Billboard chart. 4. “The Long and Winding Road,” in 1970. Paul McCartney was angry at all the changes made to the song by producer Phil Spector, and the group announced its breakup the following week. 5. No, and for much of the group’s career, they weren’t even twins. There were four members when they started in 1977. 6. 1985. Merchandisers cashed in, especially with the creation of the “Boy Toy” belt buckle.

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) This year, instead of jumping into the whole holiday prep scene, move in a little at a time. You’ll appreciate the sense of control you’re more likely to enjoy. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The separation between the Bovine’s head and heart is never as far apart as it seems. Both senses work best when they come out of logic and honesty. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) The best way to keep those pre-holiday pressures under control is to just say no to taking on new tasks while you’re still trying to work with a heap of others. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) News means a change might be on its way, but what does it hold? Don’t just ask questions; make sure you get answers you can trust. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Old friends and new have one thing in common: Both your longtime and newly minted pals have much wisdom to impart. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) With time running out, this is a good time for you to show ‘em all what those Virgo super-organizational skills can do.

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SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Time is getting too short to allow a spat to taint the holiday season. Restart your relationship and reschedule holiday fun times. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Seeking advice is laudable. You might learn far more than you thought you could. Stay with it. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Continuing to assess changes works toward your getting your new project up and ready. Trusted colleagues remain ready to help. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) That new situation needs a lot of attention, but it’s worth it. This is a very good time for you to involve the arts in what you do. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) It might be a good idea to slow your hectic holiday pace so that you don’t rush past what -- or who -- you’re hoping to rush toward. BORN THIS WEEK: Others pick up on your confidence in yourself, which inspires others to believe in you and your special gifts. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.


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IGNORING IT WON’T MAKE IT GO AWAY – IT WILL JUST MAKE IT WORSE

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e have all heard that ignoring something does not make it go away. Nowhere is this more true than in the case of lawsuits.

If you are sued by someone you have only 20 days, after you are served with the Summons and a copy of the Complaint, to enter an appearance in the case by filing either your Answer or a Motion to Dismiss. When sued, some people freak out and miss that deadline by hoping it will all go away if they ignore the fact that they have been served. Other people (believe it or not) simply do not take it seriously, and deliberately ignore the lawsuit. And yet other people believe they can’t afford to hire an attorney to deal with the lawsuit, but can’t deal with it themselves either. So what happens if you simply ignore the fact that you have been served, and there is a lawsuit against you? If you miss the deadline for filing your Answer (or a Motion to Dismiss), and if you have not entered an appearance or filed any other pleading in the case, the person suing you can file a Motion for Clerk’s Entry of Default. Because you haven’t entered an appearance in the case, the person suing you is not required to serve a copy of that Motion upon you – you won’t even know it has been filed. The Clerk of the Court then simply checks to see if you filed anything and, if you haven’t, the Clerk enters a default against you. That’s all folks! The person suing you can also, or instead, file a Motion for a Default Judgment against you, for your failure to respond to the lawsuit. This Motion goes before the judge assigned to your case and, again, if you have not made an appearance in the case

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mall business owners can easily get too involved in the day-to-day operations of their business to spend any time brainstorming marketing ideas or promotional events. Some retailers worry that marketing is too expensive while others may find it too time consuming. Without announcing who you are and what you sell, how will anyone know? To help you through these marketing dilemmas, following is the fifth and final installment of our series of 50 inexpensive, easy to implement, marketing ideas for your small business. Marketing Idea #41 Have a Yellow Pages ad listed under your main industry and in related categories. Marketing Idea #42 Volunteer your time to a charity or non-profit organization. Marketing Idea #43 Create a loyalty program to reward existing customers. Marketing Idea #44 Create an opt-in email or print newsletter for your customers. Fill each edition with specials, tips and other timely information. Marketing Idea #45 Send hand-written thank you notes to important customers every

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you are not required to be served with a copy. Again, you won’t even know it has been filed. The judge will enter a default judgment against you. Again, that’s all folks!

the lawsuit the motion probably won’t be granted. And, the time frame for doing this is fairly short (within six months after the judgment has been entered).

Make no mistake – a default judgment is a binding judgment; it is no different in its effect upon you than is a judgment entered by the court after a full-blown trial on the merits. That judgment gets reported to all the credit bureaus that very day, and has a bad impact on your credit score. If unpaid by you, that judgment will follow you to the day you die.

Respond to the Summons! Demonstrating that you are going to fight the Complaint may encourage the person suing you to offer a settlement. They may even go away, if they think they are going to have to spend too much time and money suing you because you are responding. You are no longer such low-hanging fruit. Collection agencies, in particular, count on most people not responding to their suits.

Even if you can’t afford an attorney, ANSWER THE COMPLAINT! There are forms available on the Colorado State Judicial Branch website, as well as other websites. Office supply stores sometimes sell some legal forms. And the downtown branch of the Pikes Peak Library District has a substantial law library (paid for by your friendly neighborhood attorneys who are members of the El Paso County Bar Association). There are quite a few form books and other legal resources to assist you in answering the lawsuit. You may feel you can’t win if you can’t afford an attorney, but you DEFINITELY can’t win if you don’t defend yourself. Can you do anything if a default judgment already has been entered against you? Yes, but you are unlikely to be successful. You can file a motion for relief from judgment, requesting that the default judgment be set aside, and the case reopened for litigation, but unless you have a really good reason for ignoring

chance you get. Marketing Idea #46 Use brightly colored envelopes and unique stationary when sending direct mail pieces. Marketing Idea #47 Show product demos or related videos on a television on the sales floors during store hours. Marketing Idea #48 Book a celebrity guest for an event at your store. Use people in your industry or television news anchors or local authors. Marketing Idea #49 Create window displays in locations away from your shop. Airports, hospitals, and large office buildings occasionally have display areas they rent to local businesses. Marketing Idea #50 Team up with a noncompeting business in your area to offer a package promotion. Marketing is most effective if done in coordination with other exposure. Enhance the above efforts by making sure you are getting traffic to your website by utilizing the services of a reputable SEO company and using Social Media sources like Facebook, Linked In and Twitter. Remember to tailor each event for your target audience. If your message isn’t being delivered to the right target audience, with the right message, your efforts and hard earned dollars are probably being wasted.

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While I do not at all recommend that a non-attorney attempt to defend a lawsuit on their own – unless it is in small claims court – doing so is better than not putting up a defense at all. This article is intended for general informational purposes only, and does not constitute the proffer of legal advice. Please consult your legal advisor regarding your situation.

For additional information contact, Lisa Welch Stevens, Attorney at Law P.C. Representing Colorado Businesses and Business Owners 719.488.9395


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