Top Ten Sleep Tips for Getting Ready To Get Back to School

Rye City School District.
Rye City School District.

Now that it’s almost time to get back to school, (Rye City School District start on September 4, 2014 and Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District start on September 3, 2014) here are some tips from  Dr. Magid-Katz on getting enough sleep.

In a 2008 survey

 

Blind Brook Middle/High School
Rye Brook, NY
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conducted by the Better Sleep Council, nearly 2 out of 3 respondents reported impaired sleep due to stress. One third of Americans experience poor sleep at least one night per week, and 16% are diagnosed with stress-induced insomnia. Over 40% of survey participants stated they were irritable due to sleep deprivation.

Dr. Sabrina Magid-Katz of Advanced Dentistry of Westchester. Photo courtesy of: Advanced Dentistry of Westchester
Dr. Sabrina Magid-Katz of Advanced Dentistry of Westchester.
Photo courtesy of: Advanced Dentistry of Westchester

For those having issues getting a good night’s rest, follow Dr. Magid-Katz’s top ten tips to achieve a better night’s sleep.

Keep bright electronics out of the bedroom. Light therapy can be used to adjust your body’s clock so that you can get more productive sleep when you need to.

Don’t eat too much right before bed. Cutting out food, specifically sugar and dairy, is pretty simple to do and very important. A full stomach keeps your body working instead of sleeping.

Don’t drink alcohol right before bed. Alcohol may help you fall asleep, but it will be unproductive and leave you tired in the morning. 

Make sleep a priority by keeping a consistent bedtime and wake schedule, including weekends. Create a sleep routine that will help your body adapt to knowing when it is time for sleep.

Give yourself enough time for sleep in the first place is key. Don’t think you can catch up on the weekends! Your body needs a certain amount of sleep per day, not in total.

Check your bedroom temperature. The ideal temperature for sleep is between 60 and 68 degrees. Any less and you’ll be chilled. Any more and you’ll be hot.

Don’t forget about exercise! Exercise is crucial in helping your body get a good night’s rest, but no sooner than two hours before going to bed.

Get a sleep study if you snore or gasp while sleeping and have difficulty controlling your blood pressure, reflux, or blood sugar. Sleep studies can be done in a lab or even in the comfort of your own home. You may have a sleep disorder and not know it!

For those with Sleep Apnea, devices can be used to encourage side-sleeping, as sleeping on one’s back will cause the tongue to fall back into the airway. Always use your CPAP, if you can’t tolerate a CPAP you should talk to your doctor about alternative therapies such as special types of mouth guards that can treat your sleep apnea.

Get your loved one screened, diagnosed, and treated if they keep you up due to loud snoring so that you can not only sleep in quiet, but rest at ease.

Don’t ignore your (or your spouses) sleep disorder! If you have a sleep disorder, make sure to seek treatment to help your body maintain the correct amount of sleep.

Dr. Sabrina Magid-Katz lectures to dental societies about screening for Sleep Apnea and is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. She practices general dentistry at Advanced Dentistry of Westchester in Harrison, NY where she also screens for and treats Obstructive Sleep Apnea. 

Webster Bank In Rye Is Helping Out: Afya Foundation

What can you do when people across the globe are crying out for the most basic supplies in order to exist?

Webster Bank Photo courtesy of: skatewsa.com
Webster Bank
Photo courtesy of: skatewsa.com

You give without hesitation. Rye’s Webster Bank, in conjunction with the Rye Rotary Club of New York, is working with the Afya Foundation to collect medical supplies, consumables, sustainable equipment, and community outreach supplies so that they can be given to international health clinics in developing countries.

 Webster Bank staff members with items for collection. Vito Forgione, Donna Puff and Pamela Dwyer, President elect of the Rye Rotary and Branch Manager at Webster Bank in Rye. Photo courtesy of: Pamela Dwyer
Webster Bank staff members with items for collection. Vito Forgione, Donna Puff and Pamela Dwyer, President elect of the Rye Rotary and Branch Manager at Webster Bank in Rye.
Photo courtesy of: Pamela Dwyer

Pam Dwyer, Vice President, banking center manager at Webster Bank in Rye, New York, also serves as president-elect on the Rye Rotary Club, whose community project is to provide Afya with medical supplies and equipment that otherwise would go to waste.

The Webster banking center, located at 72 Purchase Street in Rye, is serving as a drop-off and pick-up point for donations.

Donation are accepted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month and the third Saturday of the month, except holidays. Here are the upcoming dates: September 20,  October 6, and  October 18th.

“This is more than just collecting items like bandages; it’s about the need for the simplest things like pens and paper so doctors can write medical orders,” said Dwyer. “We’re approaching this need in a very holistic way. Students from the Rye Youth Counsel will be collecting wheelchairs and other items from families whose loved ones have passed away; school students are cleaning out their lockers. This gets people engaged – no matter how young they are – in giving to a good cause, and it can also help families heal during a difficult and emotional time.”

“I’m awestruck as to how the community is coming together,” said Danielle Butin, founder and executive director of Afya. “In a day and age when banks can be frowned upon, here is Webster doing the right thing, getting others involved, and leading the charge for positive change.”

Once the donations are collected, Afya ships them to developing countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Afya’s mission is to support ongoing health initiatives in these countries by supplying critically needed surplus medical supplies, hospital equipment, and humanitarian provisions.

Afya, was founded by Danielle Butin after she spent the summer of 2007 traveling through Tanzania, meeting with numerous health workers who reported dire circumstances and severely limited medical resources. These experiences had a profound impact on Butin, an occupational therapist and global health advocate. Butin named her foundation “Afya” which means “good health” in Swahili.

Webster Bank is a leading regional bank, serving businesses and consumers from Metro New York City to Boston, Mass. One of Webster’s core values is giving of ourselves to the communities we serve. Each year, Webster bankers live up to their communities by volunteering more than 110,000 hours.

Have You Taken The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

Rye City Hall Photo By: Pamela Stern
Rye City Hall
Photo By: Pamela Stern

Rye residents have you been challenged to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge social media blitz was  started by a Yonkers resident Pat Quinn. Quinn  was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS,  last year, and began the social media phenomenon along with the help of friend Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball captain who also has ALS, also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. They wanted to make an awareness of the ALS disease and also was hoping to get donations for ALS.

If you are challenged to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge you are required to either have someone dump a bucket of ice water all over you and donate $10 or you can forgo having  water dumped on you and you can just write a check for $100 and you have 24 hours to do either.

Even County Executive Robert P.  Astorino did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. See for yourself here.

Here is a creative video that is circulating all over Facebook that Inside Rye thinks that you would enjoy, check it out here.

Let Inside Rye  know if you did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and send us your videos.

 

It’s National Senior Citizens Day

Robert Astorino, Westchester County Executive at Senior Citizens Pool Party and Barbecue at Saxon Woods Pool in White Plains. Photo Courtesy of: Westchester County Executive's office
Robert Astorino, Westchester County Executive at Senior Citizens Pool Party and Barbecue at Saxon Woods Pool in White Plains.
Photo Courtesy of: Westchester County Executive’s office

On Thursday, August 21st it is National Senior Citizens Day according to HolidayInsights.com.

National Senior Citizens Day honors our elderly population. On this day, we are encouraged to recognize and show appreciation for the value and contribution of elderly people to home, family and society.

Former President Ronald Reagan Photo courtesy of: en.wikipedia.org
Former President Ronald Reagan
Photo courtesy of: en.wikipedia.org

In his Presidential Proclamation (August 19, 1988), President Ronald Reagan said “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.”

On National Senior Citizens Day, we should:

  • Spend some time with senior citizens
  • Show our appreciation for senior citizens
  • Do volunteer work in support of the elderly

If you are a senior citizen, enjoy your day any way you desire. After all, this is your day! Make sure to take advantage of senior citizens specials and discounts. There’s bound to be plenty offers today.

On August 19, 1988, President Ronald Reagan issued Proclamation 5847 which created National Senior Citizens Day to be on August 21.

Inside Rye would like to extend our wishes to our older population and wish them a very Happy National Senior Citizens Day!

Rye residents tell Inside Rye how you are celebrating National Senior Citizens Day and what you are doing to celebrate it or how and what you are doing for a senior that you know. You can email Inside Rye at editor@insiderye.com


 

On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s

Greg O'Brien at Rock Harbor in Orleans, MA. Photo courtesy of: nbcnews.com
Greg O’Brien at Rock Harbor in Orleans, MA.
Photo courtesy of: nbcnews.com

Former Rye resident Greg O’Brien, an award-winning investigative reporter, will speak about his journey with Alzheimer’s at the Rye Free Reading Room on Saturday, September 6, 2014  at 10 a.m.

Greg has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s and is one of its faceless numbers.

Acting however on long-term memory and skill, coupled with well-developed journalistic grit, he decided to tackle the disease and his imminent decline by writing frankly about the journey.

On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s is a trail-blazing roadmap for a generation – both a “how to” for fighting a disease, and a “how not” to give up.

For more information about this event, call 914-231-3161 or go to http://www.ryelibrary.org.

A Cool Treat For Your Summer Reading Achievements

Children's performer Graham Clarke  Photo Credit: Pamela Stern
Children’s performer Graham Clarke
Photo Credit: Pamela Stern

It’s time to celebrate your summer reading achievements.  Join Graham Clarke for a “Name that Tune” Competition, receive your Reading Certificate, cash in your coupons for your “Special Prize” and enjoy making your own yummy Ice Cream Sundae on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 6-7pm in the meeting room.

This event is open to all participants of the Rye Free Reading Room Summer Reading Program.  Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call (914) 231-3162.

Ice Cream & Fixings for this Event is provided by Longfords Own-Made Ice Cream in Rye. 

 

Learn How to Use Your Kindle

Kindle Photo courtesy of: Rye Free Reading Room
Kindle
Photo courtesy of: Rye Free Reading Room

The Rye Free Reading Room is having a Kindle Workshop on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 10 am to 11am.

In this workshop you will learn how to download library e-books to your mobile device and, instead of heavy books, save room in your tote bag for sun screen or souvenirs.
See how to use the Overdrive catalog to find popular titles, download them to a Kindle, and access them. Library staff will lead the workshop to provide reader’s advisory and technical assistance. 
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