Sleep – Glorious Sleep, Luxurious Sleep, Mysterious Sleep
Good sleep is as fundamental to a happy life as love and good food. But a “good sleep” can be more elusive. A tasty meal or a big hug – that’s easy, if you are close to home. But even in your own bed, a good night’s sleep can evade you.
My teenage kids marvel that I was able to give them hugs at all during my child-bearing years. “Mom, you were with babies and without a good night’s sleep for eleven years straight!” they tease.
Now I marvel at their need to sleep long, long hours.
Humanity is just beginning to understand the science of sleep. And it is mysterious and fascinating.
According to sleep expert Dr. Neil Stanley, teens really do need 9 – 9 ½ hours sleep each night. Not getting that during the school week could account for teenage surliness. Stanley also believes that teens would be wise to follow these additional rules too:
1. An hour before bed, relax. Shower, read a book for fun (a school book doesn’t count!) or spend time with family.
2. Limit exciting activities 1-2 hours before bedtime.
3. Limit light an hour before bed, including TV, cell phones and computers.
4. Raise the shades to rise and shine. Sunlight in the morning helps awaken the body and mind.
Sleep Myths: Debunking cultural perceptions of sleep & the secrets to a great night of sleep at any age!
Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2 pm at A. Perry Homes
564 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka.
Space is limited, RSVP here.