To Sleep Perchance to Dream
Sleep: It does a Family Good - How Busy Families Can Overcome Sleep Deprivation by Dr. Archibald D. Hart
Okay, I'll admit, I don't get enough sleep. Let's just get that out of the way first. That was half of the reason why I wanted to read this book by Dr. Hart, founder of the Hart Institute and contributor to various and sundry Focus on the Family publications. The other half was divided between my curiosity and the fact that I suspect my teenage son is not getting enough sleep either. After all was said and done, I discovered more than enough to not only affirm my notions about my own lack of sleep, but also to satisfy my curiosity and develop a plan to help my entire family get some much needed rest. Hart is a therapist, who has done a great deal of study on sleep disorders. It's interesting that most of what Hart writes in Sleep is pretty intuitive, but quite honestly not things that we would really admit to ourselves. It turns out that sleep is connected to all sorts of things: mental acuity, good health, stronger inter-personal relationships, a better sex life and much, much more. I know, it was sort of weird to read a Focus on the Family publication and get affirmation on why sex actually contributes to better sleep habits, so it's good to have it! That's like hearing your parents talk about it. I highly recommend this book to families who are struggling with a variety of ills--busy-ness, frequent arguing, children acting out, etc., etc. There are practical tips, diagnostic tools and even a sleep diary that you can use to begin developing better sleeping habits. Great book! If you want to buy it for your family, just use the link above.