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Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

Did you get a good night’s sleep? Most statistics say you probably didn’t. In fact, according to businesswire.com, 83% of Americans say they do not get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis.

If nothing else, it is good to know that I am not alone. I remember my father getting by on very little sleep. He would be up before dawn every day, and I don’t think he owned an alarm clock. He did own a recliner, though, and was known to use it for Sunday afternoon naps. Me, too.

Many people have told me that, the older they get, the less sleep they seem to need. At 53 years old, I am beginning to relate. I do have an old alarm clock, but I am not really sure how to set it. Despite the reported dangers of having cell phones near you for too long, like many of you, I rely on my phone for alarms when I need them.

I do value sleep, as I know how it is a necessary part of feeling my best. That’s why these statistics from sleepfoundation.org are especially alarming.

Almost half of all Americans say they feel sleepy during the day between three and seven days per week. That’s just those who say they “feel sleepy.” The rest must consume a large amount of coffee or energy drinks.

More than 35% of all adults in the U.S. report sleeping, on average, less than seven hours per night. For adults, that doesn’t surprise me. Teenagers? That’s an entirely different story.

Does where we live impact how much we sleep? Apparently, yes. Hawaii has the highest percentage of adults (43%) who get seven or fewer hours of sleep per night. South Dakota has the lowest (26%). Scenery might have something to do with it. If you were in Hawaii, would you want to spend your time sleeping?

Females seem to struggle with this sleep thing more than males. Women have a lifetime likelihood of insomnia that is as much as 40% higher than that of men. Maybe it is because the men are snoring? My wife says I sound like a Sleestack.

You may think this is all something worth talking about. Well, it is — even in your sleep. Up to 66% of people say they have talked in their sleep, but only 17% of people say it has happened in the last three months. Yes, more Sleestack.

So what is the point of all this? Grab a cup of coffee and get your day started. Then get to bed early and rest. You will be glad you did, and others will likely notice, too.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

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


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

A long stretch of dry weather looks to be ahead. Temperatures will be in the 80s through Thursday and low 90s into the weekend. There is a slight chance for rain on Saturday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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FROM KCCI: Polk City swears in first female fire chief

POLK CITY, Iowa — Polk City swore in its first-ever female fire chief on Monday. Karla Hogrefe will take over for Jim Mitchell. Hogrefe has been with the Polk City Fire Department since 2019 and has been interim chief since June. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Firefighters hail Altoona man a hero for action in deadly house fire

ALTOONA, Iowa — In some ways Tyler Warner’s backyard weekend campout with family was a right place and time situation. “My wife woke me up because she heard voices outside,” Warner said. Early Sunday morning his neighbor’s home at 1401 5th Avenue SE in Altoona was on fire and the elderly couple was trapped inside. “She had her head already sticking out the window just gasping for air,” said Warner. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Severe wind caused damage in several Iowa towns Monday morning

DES MOINES, Iowa — A round of severe storms early Monday morning caused damage in parts of Carroll, Greene, Boone and Story Counties in central Iowa. The intense storms brought strong wind gusts, torrential rain and frequent thunder and lightning to the region..… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The City Sounds piano is available during Urbandale Public library hours, weather permitting, through the summer and fall. The piano is intended to be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of experience or age, and is made possible by a collaboration between the Urbandale Public Library, Urbandale Parks & Recreation, and Urbandale Public Art Committee. From left: Patron Experiences Manager Julie Finch, Library Director Nicholas Janning, Parks and Recreation Director Jan Herke, Public Art Committee member Blake Rozendaal and Programming & Outreach Manager Staci Stanton.
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Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Doggy Daycare/Boarding
1. 4Paws Unleashed
2. Downtown Doggy Daycare
3. Ankeny Bark Avenue


From paralysis to the Paralympics

By Sofia Legaspi Dickens

Iowan Justin Phongsavanh competed in the Tokyo Paralympics in 2021. Photo submitted.
At age 18, Justin Phongsavanh was shot in the parking lot of an Ankeny McDonald’s and paralyzed from the waist down.

Today, the 25-year-old javelin thrower is a medaled Paralympian.

Following his paralysis in October 2015, Phongsavanh gave himself an ultimatum.

... Read More.

MLB, July 10: Royals 3 Tigers 1, Guardians 8 White Sox 4, Cardinals 6 Phillies 1, Royals 7 Tigers 3    ... READ MORE
Iowa Cubs: Tonight, Iowa Cubs vs. Buffalo 
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to Christina Anderson and Terri Brandt!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Malala Yousafzai, Michelle Rodriguez, Phoebe Tonkin, Steve Howey, Charlie Murphy, Cheyenne Jackson, Erik Per Sullivan, Cheryl Ladd, Richard Simmons, Anna Friel, Brooke Baldwin, LeSean McCoy

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you call a man who is shaking in a pile of leaves?
RUSTLE (RUSSEL)! Way to go Judy Anderson, Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post
Or A NERVOUS RAKE! Nice one Diane Doro!
Or DECIDUOUS: William Snyder suggests.


What do you call a man who has cat scratches all over his face?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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