Author: Dr. Archibald D. Hart
Sleep, It Does A Family Good by Dr. Archibald D. Hart takes readers on a voyage of discovery. It contains what you need to know about sleep; your sleep cycle and how sleep affects your family.
He started with a convincing argument on why the family needs sleep and went on to detail what sleep does for a person. He identified five stages of sleep and tied the importance of sleep to the health of the body.
Sleep has its patterns and those patterns can quite easily be interfered with. One of such disruptions for instance, is jetlag. However, Dr. Hart mentioned six ways to restore the body’s clock and these are:
- Going to bed at the same time every night
- Getting out of bed at the same time every morning
- Exposing yourself to lots of daylight as early as possible
- Darkening your home environment one hour before daylight
- If you have to stay up late one night, get to bed earlier the next night
- If you know your sleep will be deprived ahead of time, such as when traveling, try sleeping some extra time ahead.
“Sleep deprivation makes you cranky, irritable, angry and unhappy. How can you possibly communicate, listen or empathize? You become critical and judgmental, even depressed, and these all have an effect on the marital relationship.“