Sleep – Glorious Sleep, Luxurious Sleep, Mysterious Sleep

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.

You can learn more to help you or the ones you love find a better night’s sleep by joining Dr. Stanley, Chicago Luxury Beds and Make It Better for:

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.


How To Avoid Affluenza

Wise counsel for parents from Dr. Chery Rampage, VP of Northwestern’s Family Institute, at William Blair’s Family Wealth Seminar today:

Wealth is a protective factor until age 12, then it becomes a risk factor.

Affluent teens are far more likely to suffer depression, substance abuse and anxiety disorders.

Affluent teens are less likely to assume responsibility within families.

Affluence triggers greater materialism – a belief that buying things will provide enduring happiness


Happiness can not be pursued as a goal.

Happiness comes as a by-product of feeling secure, loved and having work that is engaging and purposeful.

Happiness is closely related to being grateful for opportunities to give back.

Parents goals should be:

Promoting gratitude over happiness.

Encouraging their child to take greater responsibility.

Promote doing service.

Be explicit about values education.

Affluent Parental Challenges:

Withholding what we could give and what their child wants.

Allowing their child to develop their own internal capacity to make themselves feel good.

Teaching children to tolerate the frustration that is necessary to learn complex tasks.

Knowing when to let go!