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Column: Sleepless in Rosemount

It isn't very often I have problems falling asleep. Most of the time my eyes are closed before my head hits the pillow.

However, several nights ago I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep. I'm not much of a television watcher. I'd rather listen to the radio or read. Due to circumstances, though, I've had the boob tube on more than I'd like to.

I can't believe the megabucks pharmaceutical companies are willing to spend on advertising drugs. You can find a drug for whatever ails you. If you aren't ill, you could be after listening to these ads. Every commercial ends with instructions to contact your doctor about side effects.

It reminded me of an e-mail I received: "This is the top prescription for your arthritis, but can cause heart attacks. The second one should prevent a heart attack but could cause damage to your liver. The third prevents liver trouble but destroys the spleen. The fourth protects the spleen but has been known to eat away at the prostate...." No wonder they have millions to pay for their ads.

Worse than those ads are the infomercials that run between 12 and 5 in the morning. God help people who are awake. You can buy appliances, food, dishes, clothes, jewelry, quick-fix medicine, weight-loss programs, get rich quick scams or instructions on how to make millions in the real estate market. It's so easy to buy with a credit or debit card, but the prices are only good for the next 10 minutes.

The only channel that carries current updates at that hour is the Weather Channel. News and sports are all reruns.

After channel surfing and listening to our local weather twice, I turned on a CD and was asleep, relaxed, within 10 minutes.

If you have trouble sleeping, turn on one of the good radio programs or, better yet, a good CD. It's so relaxing.

Happy dreams.

Chicken broccoli bake

3 cups cooked rice

1/2 cup butter

1 onion, chopped

4 cups chopped broccoli, cooked and drained

2 cups diced chicken

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Combine ingredients and pour into a sprayed casserold. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Yeild: Four servings.