A Sleepy Student's Survival Guide

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Waking up with bears

It is 6:10 am. Bear number one's alarm goes off. He ignores it and rolls over. About 10 minutes later, I attempt to wake bear number two. He asks me to go away and come back in five minutes.I'm surrounded by bears....more

Sleeping with a Toddler

No matter what, it seems to never fail lately. We all get ready for bed. We turn off the lights. We climb into bed. Baby Boy has some milk. Baby Boy twists and turns, says something, has more milk. Baby Boy sits up to look around. Baby Boy has some milk in a leaned-over seated position. Baby Boy starts tapping on one of both of us. Baby Boy starts crawling all over one or both of us."Stop!" I say....more

Zen and the art of sleeping alone

When I wake up in the morning, it is usually to the brief beeping of an alarm, a steady (and desperate purring) or a little face next to mine asking me for pancakes. In all of these instances, my husband is still asleep....more

(Literally) Following Your Dreams: Harnessing the Power of Sleep

During my pre-teen years, sleeping was a nightly battle. I suffered from adolescent insomnia, and each bedtime became a game of watching the clock as the house became silent, knowing that each passing hour meant an hour less of restful sleep. Like many other aspects of middle school, however, my insomnia seemed to be merely a phase. By my late teens, I had almost completely forgotten about my bouts of insomnia, and slept glibly with the pride of someone who had always slumbered easily, as if I had a sort of  special talent....more

Sleep loss may cause brain damage

Yikes! Insomniacs take note: New research from the University of Pennsylvania indicates that long-term sleep deprivation can cause lasting brain damage. The study on mice (which are surprisingly quite similar to humans in terms of the effects of experiments) found that when they were put on a sleep schedule that resembles that of human shift workers, they had significant damage to the locus coeruleus (a bundle of nerve cells associated with cognitive function and alertness). The mice actually lost 25% of those neurons!Crazy, huh?Here's what I read:...more

Secrets to Improving Wellness

Wellness is about preventing ill health and remaining in a happy and energetic state as much as you possibly can. You always hear about the people who tell you to take up yoga and eat healthily. It’s very general advice which is reasonably easy to follow. There are some other things you can do which don’t often get mentioned. Here are a few of the secrets to improving your wellness. Eat and Drink ...more

Trustful Parenting Experiment #1: No Bedtime

Bedtime has been an ever-evolving routine in our house. I know some parents who establish a bedtime routine for their kid when he’s six months old and hardly deviate from it for the next few years, but that hasn’t been our experience. From nursing to rocking and singing to no singing to no rocking to snuggling with the lights on to reading books to no more books to snuggling with the lights out… we adapt and do what works....more

Bedtimes for everyone

My bedtime is 10 pm. This is self-imposed, of course. I am a (mostly) fully-functioning adult. And I also recognize that if I don't go to bed at that time, then I will be extra groggy at 5:15 when the cat/alarm/cat alarm wakes me the next morning....more
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A little noise goes a long way

We sleep with a fan on. It's not for the breeze (I don't even think it is pointed at the bed), but for the quiet sound it emits. Our son sleeps with a music player shuffling through some hand-picked soft music. I am not sure how all of us got used to sleeping with a little bit of noise, but that's a different post for a different day....more