Four day school weeks

Five mornings a week I have the same conversation with my son involving the reality of it being morning (despite the lack of sunlight) and how he will need to depart the happy warmth of his bed and zombie-walk his way to the bathroom to get ready for school. My cheerful morning greetings are met with dreariness and drudgery. ...more

Another reason to fear the blue light

I am typing this post three hours before my bedtime. I normally do not work on blog posts at night (I write the majority of them in the mornings on the weekends), but it has been a busy weekend, so I am writing this one a few hours before I go to sleep. It is a Monday post, but that is not the deadline that I have in mind. My deadline is actually to be done with my computer an hour before my bedtime. ...more

Let the kids sleep!

Delighted to see this story and the warning from CDC about the dangers of letting your kids get too tired.For the first time, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging education policymakers to start middle- and high-school classes later in the morning. The idea is to improve the odds of adolescents getting sufficient sleep so they can thrive both physically and academically....more

The Terrible Twos -- At 20 Months

We have a routine in our house. I didn't have one in the beginning, but by about six months, it was necessary. I have always thought my kid behaves better and we are a happier family when all goes according to the regular plan.Down the road, people will ask me when the "Terrible Twos" began in our home. I will say "Right around 20 months." It was almost like a light switch, really. One day this precocious little toddler had bright eyes and an adorable smile. The next day, she spoke in demon tongues....more

Everyday poetry: sleepy heads in tent

 Sisters sleeping peacefully together. It makes it all worthwhile, doesn't it. I wonder if they managed to see shooting stars. I especially like how the younger one is under, not inside, an upside-down sleeping bag. Way to march to your own drummer, kiddo. ...more

Is sleep the new fountain of youth?

New research is out; is sleep the new fountain of youth?I'm always searching for the latest news in health and beauty; and especially looking for small, easy ways to stay healthy over 40....more

Sleepless in Seattle or elsewhere? Help for insomnia

Having problems with insomnia? New research offers help on a variety of solutions, from when to use melatonin to the latest on sound machines, according to the Examiner.When I learned that the National Sleep Foundation reports that these sound machines are often used specifically for those who have insomnia, and has chosen Dohm™ from Marpac as the Official Sound Conditioner of the National Sleep Foundation, I was intrigued and decided to give it a try....more

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Sleep. Sweet, glorious sleep. I've always been blessed with children who love to sleep. In fact, the only problem I have is getting them to realize it's bedtime. I definitely have three little minions who love the nightlife. But, once they're asleep, they sleep hard. Which is awesome because I big puffy heart love sleep....more