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Our menu for this week includes:  Monday, June 4—Lasagna, salad, green beans, pears.  Tuesday, June 5—Taco salad, Mexican corn, refried beans, chips, cobbler.  Wednesday, June 6—Bone-in chicken, baked potato, mixed vegetables, pudding.  Thursday, June 7—Swiss steak with mushrooms and onions, rice, bread, peas and carrots, cake.  Friday, June 8—Ham and beans, O’Brian potatoes, spinach, cornbread, mixed fruit.

New research explains why your brain may be at its most creative when you’re asleep.  The human brain is a loud and messy and stormy place.  We spend our days in a sensory typhoon, buffeted by sights and sounds and experiences, and all that time the brain’s prefrontal cortex keeps order.  But at night, the prefrontal punches out, and the crazy begins to stir.

We’ve all slept on a problem and had it sort itself out by morning.  But that’s only a small part of what the brain on nighttime autopilot can do.

The act of sleeping is a lot more complicated than just conking out for the night.  There are two principle cycles of sleep:  REM and NREM.  REM sleep begins about 90 minutes after the first NREM cycle.  Most REM sleep comes in the last four hours of sleep.

One study suggests that contemplating a problem you’d like to solve before bedtime increases the likelihood that sleep will bring some answers.  Seniors, even if you don’t think of yourself as creative, your sleeping brain will sometimes prove otherwise.

The activities for this week include:  Monday—OATS bus to Ava and Springfield, pitch tournament.  Wednesday—OATS bus to Ava.  Thursday—Grace Health Care foot clinic (must have an appointment), Douglas County Health Department blood screenings.  Friday—OATS bus to Ava.

We aprreciate some of our Corporate Sponsors:  Mercy Clinic, Options Pregnancy Clinic, LLC., and Emerson Climate Technologies/Scroll Compressors.

Until next week, have a good one!

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