Snooze... or Lose!: 10

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

by Dr. Helene A. Emsellem, Carol Whiteley
     
 

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 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, kids just

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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 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, kids just aren't getting enough sleep. We know this intuitively as we watch kids 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 teenage 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 as a key to overall success and well-being. Snooze Or Lose! explains the extraordinary role that sleep plays in teens' lives and provides guidelines for helping teens get the sleep they need. Written in a lively and down-to-earth style, with lots of tips and advice including an "insider's perspective" from the author's teenage daughter this book will be the go-to guide for parents and kids looking for a good night's sleep.

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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:
462,590
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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