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Snooze... or Lose!:: 10
     

Snooze... or Lose!:: 10 "No-War" Ways to Improve Your Teen's Sleep Habits

by Dr. Helene A. Emsellem
 

Walk into any first-period high school classroom and it's obvious: teenagers are exhausted. Sleep deprivation is an epidemic as widespread as obesity—and just as damaging. Fortunately, science has answers and Dr. Helene Emsellem has solutions that all parents can use. Affecting the lives of more than 41 million adolescents in the United States alone, sleep

Overview

Walk into any first-period high school classroom and it's obvious: teenagers are exhausted. Sleep deprivation is an epidemic as widespread as obesity—and just as damaging. Fortunately, science has answers and Dr. Helene Emsellem has solutions that all parents can use. Affecting the lives of more than 41 million adolescents in the United States alone, sleep deprivation is a chronic problem for kids today. We know this intuitively as we watch teenagers frantically juggle a hectic social calendar with the overwhelming demands of school, work, and chores. School performance around the country is suffering—but it's not just grades that are at risk. Sleep deprivation has been found to affect nearly every aspect of a teenager's life, from emotional stability and behavioral issues to physical well-being and the potential for drug and alcohol abuse. For years, we've blamed many of these adolescent characteristics on the natural maturing process or changing hormones. And while chemicals do surge through the body creating strong effects, sleep—the right amount and the right kind—has now been targeted for its prime importance in overall success and well-being.

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Library Journal
Many American teenagers aren't getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation may contribute to many behaviors otherwise ascribed to teenage "growing pains," such as moodiness, inattention in class, and abuse of alcohol and mood-altering drugs. In Snooze, Emsellem (medical director, Ctr. for Sleep and Wake Disorders, MD) reviews the scientific evidence regarding sleep, provides several methods to evaluate sleep deprivation, and offers several practical suggestions to help teenagers take up more healthful sleep habits, from changing their daily routines to lobbying for later school start times. There are several similar books on the market addressing this issue, but Emsellem's book differs from its closest competitors by emphasizing practical methods to improve teens' sleep habits, relying in part on input from the author's teenage daughter and her daughter's friends.-Sarah Boslaugh, Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, St. Louis Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309101899
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
892,098
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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