Thursday, July 9, 2009

Move over Aunt Flo, the Sandman’s in town

Feel like you can’t be a grump EVER without someone making a sexist comment about how your period is to blame? Yeah, in the words of Michael Jackson, it’s so ignorant.

Often this comment comes from some male jackass who immediately brays afterward. (Ever think laughing at your own jokes shows a lack of intelligence?) The best part is, some studies show that men have cycles too—so perhaps next time your uncle or brother is out-of-sorts, you can chuckle affectionately and place a condescending hand on his arm.

But the truth is, 99 percent of the time if I’m grumpy, it’s a lack of sleep that’s to blame. Adults should optimally get seven to nine hours of snooze time every night. But who’s really doing that?

I am.

Sleeping makes me a pleasant, smarter, healthier person.

Oh, I know, it’s not something you can do every night. But it’s one of the most important things you can do for yourself.

Anyone who’s ever read the sleep advice books for kids knows that healthy sleep habits are one of the greatest gifts we can give our kids.

So why aren’t we doing it for ourselves too?

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