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Alfie, 13, not father of baby? Sex Education is Poor?

Posted in Comedy, Controversy, Diet, Education, Folklore, Food & Drink, Health and Beauty, Living, News Media, Politics, Religion, Romance, Science, Sex, TV, Urban Myths with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

Sex Education Is Poor?

Ok two headlines in the last two days about

A mother who finds out her twins have different fathers and a 13 year old-who was actually 12 years old (not much better really) finds out he isn’t a father to a 15 year old girl’s baby .

Now I am not a prude but what is f*cking going on?

Sex education in the UK is at a all-time low

We have every form of contraception in the Western Civilised world but people as young as 12 are pregnant.

In world wide cultures this can occur but it is not advised….but their are countries where they can’t even afford contraception and then this happens in countries which have a decent welfare/monetary system.

Read the latest headline-But I am not being snobby but the people who seem to be making the mistakes are the very poor and this has got to stop…they need to be educated or neuted (this is what you would do to animals!) even if it is advised on television or the welfare system doesn’t support this disgusting behaviour.

As frankly I am getting sick of this CRAP!

READ ON

Little Alfie Patten, reported to have become a parent at the age of 13, did not father a baby, it has been revealed.

In February, The Sun newspaper reported the teenager believed he had made Chantelle Stedman, 15, pregnant when he was aged just 12.

A DNA test has since shown this is not the case and it can now be reported that Tyler Barker, 15, who lives on the same estate as Chantelle in Eastbourne, is in fact the father of baby Maisie, who was born on February 9.

The result can be revealed after East Sussex County Council failed in an attempt to ban reports of the case.

A judgment, made last month by Mrs Justice Eleanor King, said Chantelle had been called a “slut” by four people she did not know. The teenager said “I was crying a lot every day” and feared that the insults would “go on forever”.

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Alfie was “extremely distressed” when he was told he was not the baby’s father in March, the judgment revealed. At the time the story was published, Alfie, who lives with his mother Nicola, 43, in Eastbourne, said he “thought it would be good to have a baby”.

The story renewed calls for better sex education in England, which has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies in western Europe.

But Now READ on about

A parent who gets banned from a swimming pool Breastfeeding her child-talk about double standards

Breastfeeding ‘broke no food rule’

A mother has been told to stop breastfeeding her baby boy by a swimming pool as it breached a leisure centre’s strict poolside ban on food and drink.

Laura Whotton was left fuming when a member of staff said she could not feed 11-week-old Joshua by the pool at John Carroll Leisure Centre, in Nottingham.

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The 26-year-old, from Carrington, in the city, was feeding her hungry baby there so she could keep an eye on her son Thomas, four.

Nottingham City Council insisted there had been “a misunderstanding” and has promised to apologise to Ms Whotton.

It is also issuing new guidelines to its leisure centre staff.

A council spokeswoman said: “The rules are that there’s definitely no food and drink poolside, but breastfeeding is exempt from that rule. People can breastfeed anywhere.”

Ms Whotton told the Nottingham Evening Post: “When it happened, it made me feel angry.

“It could put people off going swimming and has made me not want to go to the John Carroll Leisure Centre again. But an apology would be fine.”

WHERE IS THE LOGIC

COMMENTS PLEASE-I CAN’T BE ALONE THINKING THIS IS WACK!

Mum’s Shock At Twins With Different Dads

Posted in Comedy, Controversy, Diet, Education, Folklore, Health and Beauty, News Media, Religion, Sex, TV, Urban Myths with tags , , , on May 18, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

Mum’s Shock At Twins With Different Dads

A mother of twins has had a shock after doctors revealed that her 11-month-old boys do not have the same father

Mia Washington decided to get some expert advice when she and her partner noticed that twins Justin and Jordan had different facial features.

Paternity tests then revealed what had happened – two eggs had been fertilised by two different sperm and there was a 99.99% chance the twins had different dads.

Doctors at the DNA lab in Dallas, Texas had never seen such a result.

Mia later admitted she had had an affair and got pregnant by two different men at the same time.

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She told TV channel Fox 4: “Out of all people in America and of all people in the world, it had to happen to me. I’m very shocked.”

Clear Diagnostics president Genny Thibodeaux said: “It is very crazy. Most people don’t believe it can happen, but it can.”

Sky’s health correspondent Thomas Moore explains: “A woman can release two eggs from her ovaries, and the eggs will remain viable for 24 hours after ovulation.

“Sperm can survive up to five days inside a woman’s body, so a woman could sleep with different men several days apart, and get pregnant not once, but twice.”

And while it sounds rare, recent research indicates that one in 12 non-identical twins are so-called bi-paternal, with a rise in fertility treatment and changing sexual behaviour being blamed.

Mia’s partner James Harrison is father to one of the boys.

He told Fox 4 that he had forgiven his fiancee for having the affair and intended to raise both children as his own.

However, he admitted it had been tough discovering the truth.

“It’s a day by day thing. It’s going to take time to build the trust like we had,” he said.

The couple plan to tell the twins they are half-brothers when they are old enough to understand.

Gil Scott Heron Documentary-6 Parts

Posted in Comedy, Controversy, Diet, Education, Film, Health and Beauty, Literature and Books, Living, Music, News Media, Nights Out, Politics, Racism, Religion, Romance, Theatre, TV with tags , , , , on September 4, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

As some of you may know I love Gil Scott Heron, his poetry, his voice, his life and especially his views…

So for you to discover more about him check these out

The 50 Most Beautiful Women In The World According To DMSR

Posted in Beauty, Diet, Fashion, Film, Food & Drink, Health and Beauty, Literature and Books, Living, Music, News Media, Racism, Religion, Romance, Sex, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

The Most Beautiful 50 Women In The World According To DMSR

1. Monica Belucci

The reason I pick Monica Belluci as the most beautiful women in the world is for many years Monica Belluci’s beauty has been outstanding and breathtaking and as she gets older she becomes more radiant. She doesn’t seem to age? Not everybody’s ideal but nevertheless Monica’s womanly physique, and facial attributes stand her high up in most beautiful peoples lists and will continue to do so for more years to come.

2. Natalie Portman

I met Natalie Portman by accident about two years ago in a trainer/sneaker shop in Brick Lane, East London and in the flesh she is radiant and flawless, she has amazing skin and a personality that is so down to earth and normal and that self assured attitude makes her sexiness bewilder you. Someone again who has grown up in the media eye and even has a degree from Harvard. Beauty and Brains and now dates Devandra Bernhardt, who is an amazing conscious musician!

3. Rosario Dawson

A mixed race beauty that has a great aura and attributes, her confidence is incredibly alluring. Never highly regarded in many beautiful women lists or very highly regarded in Hollywood either but every film I have ever seen her in she exudes skill, intelligence, and beauty and is someone who seems to be able to adapt her look. Look at the films Rent, Alexander, Sin City and her own film Descent. Though Josie in the pussycats wasn’t her greatest film, she still is amazingly stunning in it.  She also hasn’t succumbed to plastic surgery which is rare in Hollywood!

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4. Padma Lakshmi

Salman Rushdie’s ex wife, I bet he is kicking himself, another amazingly beautiful women who again is never high in lists or featuring at all, can speak up to 8 different languages, has a huge intelligence and another women I have seen in the flesh and nearly gone run over by a London cabbie, again like Natalie Portman my breath was taken away.

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5. Halle Berry

Since watching the film Boomerang, and Fallen Angel, Halle Berry has lit up cinema screens. Now 40 years old Halle is even more beautiful then she has ever been and is now settling into her new life and being a mother gives her added glow (when she was pregnant and came to London for her premier she looked like a Greek goddess) after the heartache and pain of previous relationships. Another adaptable women in her beauty and her profession, i just wish she never had a nose job and kept more of her Black features.

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6. Scarlett Johansson

When you think of all the Movie heroines in the 1950’s, wonderful lips, body, shape, eyes, now roll on 50 years later and this is what Scarlett Johansson has and every film I see her in you are bewildered by her beauty and in some ways it must take away her creditability as a actress and recently a singer (very much an album like Nico from Velvet Underground would do if alive) a beautiful women who has married a interesting man in Ryan Reynolds .

7. Liya Kebede

A black model who has been gaining a more recognisable profile in the last 2-3 years, not just as a model but an actress, and spokes person for many issues. Deserved to be one of the four separate models on ‘The Black Issue’ Vogue cover along with Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn. Her beauty is astounding and will only get better with age and will become the next Iman to have modeling work way into her mid-40’s to later life.

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8. Jennifer Lopez

A latin beautiful women of the highest order, Jennifer Lopez since the late 1990’s has been adapting and turning heads with her famous ASSet and her stunning looks. The multi talented actress, stylist, singer (may not have the greatest voice but some songs are okay), has been working hard and now seems to exude beauty still into her 40’s and still looks amazing, I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years brings.  Again another women who has not succumbed to plastic surgery.

9. Josie Maran

Again not such a known model worldwide, even in America she is known for who she’s dating (David Blaine being one of the lucky culprits). But the face of the cosmetic adverts of Maybeline, has been outstandingly beautiful and has a natural body, which reminds you of all the models past and present.

10. Drew Barrymore

Ever since ET Drew Barrymore’s face has been in my mind, and when she was older Drew’s beauty has always stood out. A natural, intelligent, and radiant person who is not regarded highly in beautiful lists and maybe not as a serious actress in Hollywood, but as a business women don’t dismiss her, as she co-produced the Charlie’s Angels films. A women like Scarlett has a very 1950’s quality about her. In her mid 30’s she seems to be not aging at all.

11. Penelope Cruz

A Spainish actress who has become more and more prominent in Hollywood, she has had a reputation as a heartbreaker due to her romances with Nicolas Cage, Mathew Mc and famously Tom Cruise. A naturally beautiful woman with great attributes and shines in many diverse films, blockbusters or independent films. Her confident approach mixed with her humble European nature makes her a very alluring women.

12.. Nicole Scherzinger

When watching music videos every so often you do see a beautiful women, and when I saw this sassy, pouting beautiful women singing and moving, I was hooked. ‘Don’t Cha’ this song was a call and response to beauty and the Pussycat Dolls were now known and seen. Nicole eludes sexiness, and has supermodel good looks, and to consider she is in her mid 30’s she will probably get more attractive when older. Her dress sense is also a little eccentric but can look amazing in plain outfits too. Every fashion magazine shoot and every music video she is in shows what a beautiful women she is, it is a shame they couldn’t’ t get her solo career going as the package is great but no songs with any musical bite.

13. Kate Winslet

The English rose with a naturally beautiful face, her warmth of her personality is showed on interviews and even off the cuff she still exudes sexiness, without even trying. I remember seeing Kate Winslet in titanic and gladly she was for a film which sank like a ship in my memory apart from her ravishing beauty and still now 10 years on Kate Winslet is one of the most beautiful women in the world..

14. Jessica Alba

From her first appearance on Dark Angel to her latest offerings in film Jessica Alba is a beautiful women and no denying that. Amazing facial features and a body to match and eventually her sexiness potential was shown in Sin City and from then on her offers of film roles (not all good-Awake?), but this women has a bright future and even a child birth won’t affect this ladies beauty. Rumour has it that she was Tom Cruise’s first choice before getting his team to contact Katie Holmes.

15. Gisele Bundchen

The Supermodel that has for over 10 years graced many catwalks and fashion magazines is still going strong. She is the highest paid supermodel in the world and is the worlds richest supermodel. Here beauty is obvious to see and her mix of Germanic descent and Brazilian upbringing makes her attributes attract a wide range of people hence her popularity. Also her humanitarian efforts should eb priasede and always seems to give beack to poor communties in Brazil to set-up projects..

16. Naomi Campbell

A model who has for a at least 20 years been gracing the catwalks and was one of the first major Supermodels, has been a influential women to many young Black women who wish to enter the fashion industry which is predominantly racist. Her personal life has overshadowed her effect on the industry and that is due to being unfairly persecuted but also her own ‘Diva’ demands haven’t helped. However at over 40 Naomi still has a body most 20 years old yearn for let alone over that age, a toned dancer’s body on an Amazonian beauty.

17. Audrey Tautou

When watching the film Amelia I was captivated by a beautiful face and slender frame, the film was not the most amazing experience for a film but adding to the visual aspect seeing this lady changed my views on certain types of beauty, in every film Audrey Tautou oozes class, beauty and a sophisticated look reminisce of her namesake Audrey Hepburn.

18. Charlize Theron

A former fashion model and ballet dancer but now known as an actress and film producer. She was discovered for acting in random circumstances and then three years later become known for her emotional acting abilities first displayed in The Devils Advocate. Her beauty is a mixture of Germanic/French decent and was born in South Africa and has a wide appeal among movie goers which is alluring but still can have a girl next door charm.

19. Naomi Harris

A outstandingly strong beautiful woman who has been and come through immense personal adversity, whilst growing up and studying for her degree to becoming a professional actress. I remember seeing her face in a magazine such as GQ as one to watch for the future and remembered her in television adaptation of Zadie Smith‘s White Teeth, and then appearing in films such as 28 Days Later, and then minor roles in big blockbusters. But Naomi’s best features for me is her approach to life being a Buddhist and how she will not leave London to move to Hollywood which I imagine has gone against her in gaining big roles instead of supporting roles. To me a strong minded woman exudes beauty and then her looks only compensates her attitude.

20. Sienna Miller

21. Alyssa Milano

22. Aishwarya Rai

23. Kelis Rodgers-Jones

24. Alicia Keys

25. Kerry Washington

26. Lisa Bonet

27. Kate Beckinsale

28. Jennifer Love Hewitt

29. Ashley Judd

30. Raquel Welch

In her heyday and stil looks great now in her 60’s/70’s

31. Pam Grier

Still looks great now even recently in the L word

32. Demi Moore

33. Lucy Liu

Looked like a Goddess in Ally McBeal and continued to blossom to beauty in films.

34. Eva Mendes

35. Stacey Dash

Still an amzing beauty after Clueless and her Playboy poses a few years ago show this.

36. Elizabeth Shue

The dog wasn’t harmed during the picture being taken..

37. Jourdan Dunn

38. Iman

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At this front cover celebrating her 50th Birthday

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39. Thandie Newton

40. Sanaa Lathan

This may shock people but her lips alone are what men die for in a woman.

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41. Salma Hayek

42. Zoe Kravitz

A future model waiting to blow-up, the off-spring of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet.

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43. Shakara

44. Veronica Webb

45. Rachel Yamagata

46. Zadie Smith

47. Kristin Davis

48. Mayra Andrade

New world singer from Cape Verdenan who is 20 years old and sounds like a veteran and has an amazing presence live

49. Grace Jones

At 60 years old one of the most striking Black women who still models now

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50. Kate Bush

A strange one to be considered but Kate Bush was in her heyday and still is an exceptionally beautiful woman

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‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’: happiness is key to longer life

Posted in Diet, Education, Food & Drink, Health and Beauty, Living, News Media, Politics, Romance, Science with tags , , , on August 14, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

The old saying keep on smiling and don’t let the bastards grind you down, well here is an article I read today I would like to share with you

Keep humming “Don’t Worry Be Happy”. The 1980s New Age-inspired hit got it right. New research shows being happy can add several years to life.

“Happiness does not heal, but happiness protects against falling ill,” says Ruut Veenhoven of Rotterdam’s Erasmus University in a study to be published next month.

After reviewing 30 studies carried out worldwide over periods ranging from one to 60 years, the Dutch professor said the effects of happiness on longevity were “comparable to that of smoking or not”.

That special flair for feeling good, he said, could lengthen life by between 7.5 and 10 years.

The finding brings a vital new piece to a puzzle currently being assembled by researchers worldwide on just what makes us happy — and on the related question of why people blessed with material wealth in developed nations no longer seem satisfied with their lives.

Once the province of poets or philosophers, the notions of happiness and satisfaction have been taken on and dissected, quantified and analysed in the last few years by a growing number of highly serious and respected economists — some of whom dub the new field “hedonics”, or the study of what makes life pleasant, or otherwise.

“The idea that there is a state called happiness, and that we can dependably figure out what it feels like and how to measure it, is extremely subversive,” says Bill McKibben in his 2007 book “Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future”.

“It allows economists to start thinking about life in richer terms, to stop asking ‘What did you buy?’ and to start asking ‘Is your life good?’.”

Growth in material wealth adds little to happiness once buying power hits 10,000 dollars a year per head, according to such research.

But happiness can be bolstered by friendship and human community, as well as larger social factors such as freedom, democracy, effective government institutions and rule of law.

In Veenhoven’s findings, published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, a scientific publication founded in 2000, the strongest effect on longevity was found among a group of US nuns followed through their adult life — perhaps reflecting the feel-good factor from belonging to a close-knit stress-free community with a sense of purpose.

While the lyrics from the Grammy-award 1989 “Be Happy” hit were inspired by popular Indian guru Meher Baba, nowadays, in more than 100 countries, from Bhutan in the Himalayas to the US and Australia, economists are working to put “happiness” indicators (a new kind of quality-of-life index) into the measurement of growth.

Happiness itself, according to the specialists, is generally accepted as “the overall appreciation of one’s life as a whole”, in other words a state of mind best defined by the person questioned.

In his paper, Veenhoven first looked at statistics to see whether good cheer impacted on the sick, but concluded that while happiness had helped some cancer patients suffering from a relapse, in general “happiness does not appear to prolong the deathbed.”

Among healthy populations, on the contrary, happiness appeared to protect against falling ill, thus prolonging life.

Happy people were more inclined to watch their weight, were more perceptive of symptoms of illness, tended to be more moderate with smoking and drinking and generally lived healthier lives.

They were also more active, more open to the world, more self-confident, made better choices and built more social networks.

“For the time being we know that happiness fosters physical health, but not precisely how,” he wrote.

“Chronic unhappiness activates the fight-flight response, which is known to involve harmful effects in the long run such as higher blood pressure and a lower immune response.”

To improve good cheer, he said, there needed to be more research on the impact of residential conditions or on the long-term effects of school on happiness. And studies on job-satisfaction failed to address the question of life-satisfaction at work.

But these findings, he said, opened new vistas for public health.

Governments needed to educate people in the art of “living well”, helping to develop the ability to enjoy life, to make the best choices, to keep developing and to see a meaning in life.

“If we feel unhealthy we go to a medical general practitioner,” he said. “If we feel unhappy there is no such generalist. We have to guess.”

“Professional guidance for a happier life is unavailable as yet. This is a remarkable market failure, given the large number of people who feel they could be happier.”

Some common fertility treatments are no more effective than leaving things to Mother Nature?

Posted in Controversy, Diet, Food & Drink, Health and Beauty, Living, News Media, Politics, Romance, Science with tags , , on August 8, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

Some common fertility treatments are no more effective than leaving things to Mother Nature, research suggested.

A study into the drug clomifene citrate and artificial insemination found that couples using either method did not have significantly higher chances of falling pregnant than those not having treatment.

Experts writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) said current guidelines needed to be reviewed in light of the findings.

One in seven couples in the UK experience infertility, with around a quarter of these having unexplained fertility. Interventions to help these couples have been used for many years in line with fertility guidelines issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice).

Unexplained fertility relates to couples who have had investigations which have failed to find abnormalities. These investigations may include semen analysis, checks on fallopian tubes and assessment of ovulation.

For the study, 580 women from four teaching hospitals and one general hospital in Scotland were divided into groups. All the groups were comparable in terms of age, body weight and the men’s sperm quality.

One group of 193 women were given advice on having sex regularly but left to try to conceive naturally. Another 194 women were given clomifene citrate, which is inexpensive and is believed to correct subtle ovulatory dysfunction.

The remaining 193 were given unstimulated intrauterine insemination (IUI), which is thought to enhance the chance of pregnancy by overcoming the cervical barrier. All treatments were followed for six months.

At the very end of the study, there had been a total of 101 live births. There were 32 births among the 193 women trying to conceive naturally (17%), compared with 26 among those on the drug (14%) and 43 among those having insemination (23%).

Although those receiving insemination had a higher rate of pregnancy, the experts said this was not significant enough to be solely down to the procedure. To have a meaningful and significant improvement in the live birth rate, the difference would have to be much higher than the 6% reported in the trial.

5 Things you must know about sleep

Posted in Accomadation, Diet, Food & Drink, Health and Beauty, life, Living, Romance with tags , on August 6, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

This is an article from LiveScience.com

Robin Lloyd
LiveScience Senior Editor
LiveScience.com

You’re tired. You could put your head down on a desk right now and fall asleep immediately. You went to bed late last night, had trouble falling asleep and woke up too early. And let’s not kid ourselves: Tonight will be the same unless … well, read on.

This is the classic not-so-shut-eye experience of many Americans who think they are sleep-deprived and possibly need pills or other treatment to fix their insomnia, teeth grinding, jet lag, restless or jerky legs, snoring, sleepwalking and so forth.

Reality is quite different.

For instance, insomnia is said to be the most common sleep disorder, but these dissatisfying sleep experiences only get in the way of daily activities for 10 percent of us, according to the National Institutes of Health. And in almost half of those cases, the real underlying problem is illness (often mental) or the effects of a substance, like coffee or medication.

Here are five recent findings that might help you rest easier:

1. We sleep better than we think we do

For most of us, sleep deprivation is a myth. We’re not zombies. The non-profit National Sleep Foundation (which takes money from the sleep-aid industry, including drug companies that make sleeping pills) says the average U.S. resident gets 7 hours a night and that’s not enough, but a University of Maryland study earlier this year shows we typically get 8 hours and are doing fine. In fact, Americans get just as much sleep nowadays as they did 40 years ago, the study found.

2. We need less sleep as we age

We’ll die without sleep. The details are sketchy, but research suggests it’s a time when we restore vital biological processes and also sort and cement memories. Last year, the World Health Organization determined that nightshift work, which can lead to sleep troubles, is a probable human carcinogen. On the upside, the latest research suggests we need less of it as we get older.

3. You can sleep like a baby (or Thomas Edison)

Multiple, shorter sleep sessions nightly, rather than one long one, are an option. So-called polyphasic sleep is seen in babies, the elderly and other animals (and Thomas Edison reportedly slept this way). For the rest of us, it is more realistic and healthy to sleep at night as best we can and then take naps as needed. EEGs show that we are biphasic sleepers with two alertness dips – one at night time and one mid-day. So talk to HR about setting up a nap room, like they have for NASA’s Phoenix mission team members.

4. Animals exhibit a range of sleep habits

The three-toed sloth sleeps 9.6 hours nightly. But newborn dolphins and killer whales can forgo sleeping for their entire first month. However, the latter extreme is not recommended for humans. We grow irritable and lose our ability to focus and make decisions after even one night of missed sleep, and that can lead to serious accidents driving and using other machinery.

5. Get used to being tired, hit the desk

The bottom line is that a good night’s sleep is within the reach of most of us if we follow common-sense guidelines for sleep hygiene:

Go to bed at the same time nightly.

Set aside enough time to hit that golden 7 hours of sleep.

Refrain from caffeine, heavy or spicy foods, and alcohol and other optional medications that might keep you awake, four to six hours before bed-time.

Have a pre-sleep routine so you wind down before you hop in.

Block out distracting lights and noises.

Only engage in sleep and sex in bed (no TV-watching, reading or eating).

Exercise regularly but not right before bed.

Lastly Sweet dreams-One of my famous art pieces by Picasso-Sleeping Women