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Day 207: medical reasons to go the f**k to sleep

26 Jul

Have you read this book: Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach?

We spotted it in Bunch of Grapes bookstore after some of our friends with little ones told us about Adam’s hysterical take on a bedtime story.

The scenario is familiar even to my childless life: the little pitter-patter of feet that won’t stay in bed, the pleading voices that ask for multiple glasses of water, the creative minds that find every ingenious excuse under a 3-year old sun (and moon) NOT to go to bed.

Turns out sleeping is just as important for adults as it is for kiddos.

Today, I read Dr. Ruth Buczynski’s expert interview with Dr. Rubin Naiman in a report from The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine.  (long name – good report)

I was stunned to see how the lack of good quality sleep causes so many health issues, including: impairing the immune system, creating disease, depression, even obesity!

Here’s one tidbit straight from the report:
“The American Cancer Society did a study of a million American adults and found a correlation, no cause and affect evidence, but a very compelling strong correlation between being a short sleeper and increases in cancers across the board.

The key takeaway?  Our immune system kicks in at night, particularly during deep sleep, so it’s good for the body.

This made me stop and reflect.
As I spend each and every day of this year thinking about my head, heart, body and soul (and not thinking about acquiring new shoes and dresses) I realize that I have yet to examine sleep — and how it affects my dreams (both the ones I am trying to live out in the daylight and the ones I have at night).

Turns out both are equally important.

You snooze you lose?
Actually, if you sleep you win!
And, I do like to win.

As Dr. Rubin Naiman said: “Most sleep doctors pay insignificant attention in my belief to the place of dreaming as a part of sleep health, and there is evidence that we’re actually dreaming less and less.”

His advice:
Develop a personal ritual at night, a personalized routine to get your body ready for sleep. He recommends an hour of time each night to slow down and relax before slumber.

Hum …a routine? 
How about a bedtime story, followed by a glass of water, then a stop in the bathroom, then another snuggle on the couch to watch TV before finally giving in to our dreams?  Maybe those 3-year old really do know the secret to a good night’s sleep!

There’s one more thing that Adam Mansbach and Dr. Rubin Naiman seem to agree on: laughter may help us all fall asleep faster. 

So, sweet dreams.  Night, night.  Don’t let the bed bugs bite.
And, Go the F**K to Sleep!
It’s good for you.

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