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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Struggles with Sharing a Bed? Solve Your Sleep Problems

Sharing your bed with a partner can be a big adjustment, especially if you've got used to sleeping alone for a while. Sometimes, you just need some time to settle into it and feel comfortable being next to each other. But there can also be fundamental differences between you that are extremely difficult to resolve. Neither one of you is going to change your mind about how you prefer to sleep, and sometimes it's nearly impossible to alter your sleeping habits, so you need to find solutions that help both of you. Here's how you can do it.

Get the Right Mattress

Mattresses can play a big role in how well you sleep next to your partner. You might have different mattress preferences, or one of you might move around a lot, disturbing the other. One solution might be to have separate mattresses, particularly if one of you prefers a firmer mattress. Getting the right mattress can make a big difference too. If you look at Mattress-Guides, you can find reviews of some of the top mattresses. Mattresses that help to stop transference of movement are a good idea, helping whoever is moving around to avoid disturbing their partner.

Sort Out Snoring

Snoring is a huge problem that affects many couples. If you're fed up of poking your partner through the night, you need a more permanent solution so that you can both sleep better. Firstly, you need to see if you can find the cause of the snoring. A variety of things can cause it or make it worse, from drinking alcohol to sleep apnea. If you can't get rid of the snoring, blocking out the sound is the next best option. A wall of pillows between you or a set of earplugs will help to keep things quiet.

Pick an Agreeable Temperature

Some couples disagree about the temperature in their bedroom, which can make it difficult to get your sleep environment right. If you can't decide on a comfortable temperature, there are a couple of things you can do. You can try to pick a temperature that's in between your personal preferences so it works for both of you. If you can't find something that you're both happy with, you could have separate covers so one of you can have more layers or a thicker duvet. You can also change what you wear to bed to feel more comfortable.

Solve Bedding Problems

Another common issue between partners sharing a bed is the struggle for covers. If one of you tries to keep them all to yourself, it can be a constant battle of the blankets. This is another issue that could be solved by separate bedding for both of you. While it might be nice to get under the covers together, it's not always the most practical option. If you each have your own, there won't be any fighting and your problem will be solved.

It can be hard to share a bed, even with the person you love the most. But if sleep problems are causing a rift, you need to find solutions for them.

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