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Good Monday morning to you!

Could you use a good night’s sleep? You are not alone.

We Americans tend to spend about a third of our lives in bed, but 164 million of us struggle to get to sleep. That’s right, more than two-thirds of us fail to get some serious shut-eye at least once per week.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36.5% of U.S. workers receive less than seven hours of sleep. We do seem to be searching for solutions. In fact, Consumer Reports shares that 41% of people use over-the-counter sleep aids several times a week.

Meanwhile, according to the Sleep Foundation, only 1 in 10 Americans consider sleep to be their top priority over fitness, work, hobbies and social life.

That’s a lot of statistics — and not much sleep. If only the fix was easy. Far from it. More than 70 types of sleep disorders exist with the most common ones being insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, movement syndromes and narcolepsy.

Did you know that humans are the only mammals that delay sleep? When other mammals are tired, they sleep. It works for my dog. Not so much for me. In my younger years, I truly enjoyed a Sunday afternoon nap while watching the Vikings lose another close one on TV. Not anymore. Any sleeping after the noon whistle means this guy is up into the wee hours of the morning.

But what about this snoring thing? My wife tells me it’s a problem. Once again, I am not alone. In fact, nearly half (48%) of Americans ADMIT that they snore, according to the American Sleep Association. Jolene has a two-part solution: a not-so-gentle poke and some clear advice to “roll over.” My dog gets a treat for rolling over. I get a bruise.

Admittedly, the fetal position does seem to subdue snoring. This may be why it is the most popular sleeping position with 41% of adults choosing to do so, compared to sleeping on the side (28%), lying on the back (8%), and lying on the stomach (7%), at least according to Sleep.org.

If you want to sleep better (and who doesn’t), cool down your bedroom, get on a regular sleep schedule, turn off the electronics, avoid caffeine and read something that makes you relax. Sweet dreams.

Have a magnificent Monday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

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Things To Do
Monday, Oct. 4 (runs through Oct. 10)
⇛"A Piece of My Heart" by Shirley Lauro
At: Ankeny Community Theatre, 1932 S.W. Third St., Ankeny
Info: ​This is a powerful, true drama of six women who went to Vietnam: five nurses and a country western singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops. The play portrays each woman before, during, and after her tour in the war-torn nation and ends as each leaves a personal token at the memorial wall in Washington. A Piece of My Heart premiered in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club.
​Drama - Rated PG-13
​Director: Frank Sposeto, www.ankenycommunitytheatre.com
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5th Avenue from Walnut Street to Mulberry Street will be reduced to one lane beginning at 9:00 a.m. Monday, October 4, 2021, through 9:00a.m. on Monday, October 11, 2021.

There will be a lane closure on 6th Street between Elm Street and Laurel Street on Monday, Oct. 4 from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. for sanitary sewer repairs.



A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: One arrested as crowd surrounds officers on Court Avenue

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police said a large crowd was loitering on Court Avenue after the bars closed Sunday morning. Police said that, while clearing the streets, a handgun was taken from a man in the crowd. Another person in the crowd displayed a handgun and took off running.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: RecPlex, massive multi-sport facility, opens in West Des Moines

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines metro now has a new place to play. The MidAmerican RecPlex in West Des Moines opened to the public Sunday after four years of planning and construction.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: DMPD identifies driver killed after crashing into tree

DES MOINES, Iowa — One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a car crashed into a tree near the intersection of Southeast 30th Street and Scott Avenue early Saturday morning according to the Des Moines Police Department.  Police identified the person killed as 27-year-old Robyn Danyel Murrel. .... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Omaha Storm Chasers (73-56) scored in each of the final three frames to beat the Iowa Cubs (51-78) 6-3 in the 2021 season finale, Sunday at Principal Park. ... READ MORE
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Pharmacy
1. Hy-Vee
2. Medicap
3. NuCara


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Meet Michael Swanson
: Impacting kids in a positive way through music

High school band director Michael Swanson knows that, after his students graduate, they may not always remember the music they played, but they will remember the time spent together and the life lessons learned.
Swanson says he learned a lot during his first year of teaching, too. In a pandemic, none the less.

“Every process of what we participated in last year equipped me for the future,” he says. “Whether it was signing up for events or getting the right transportation, understanding how to order things through the school, or knowing how to properly prepare and execute logistical strategies so I could focus more on teaching — all of it helped me immensely.”


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A spider protects its nest (and its snack of a moth) on the inside of a hot tub cover. Photo by Abigail Goodman
About yesterday's photo of the caterpillar, Randy Van Wyk points out: The longer the woolly bear's black bands, the longer, colder, snowier, and more severe the winter will be. Similarly, the wider the middle brown band is associated with a milder upcoming winter. The position of the longest dark bands supposedly indicates which part of winter will be coldest or hardest.
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Dakota Johnson, Rachael Leigh Cook, Alicia Silverstone, Melissa Benoist, Susan Sarandon, Caitriona Balfe, Derrick Rose, Liev Schreiber, Charlton Heston, Buster Keaton, Lil Mama, Rich Homie Quan, Kali Hawk, Zach Miller

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

Should religious exemptions be allowed for COVID-19 mask requirements?

Not sure


Should COVID-19 vaccines be mandated in Iowa?

Yes - 67%
No - 29%
Not sure - 4%

Morning Chuckle
What do you call a chess blunder where you lose your castle?
Why did the chess master marry a Slovakian woman?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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