Petro Law Firm - October 2018



I am sure many of you are familiar with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. It is a pediatric cancer treatment and research facility that treats children for free and also assists patients’ families with transportation, lodging, and meals. St Jude’s was founded by the late Lebanese- American actor and comedian, Danny Thomas. Before becoming a big hit, Thomas was living paycheck to paycheck. The devout Christian prayed to St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes, and promised the saint that if he became successful, he would build a shrine for him. Years later, Thomas became successful. He founded the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC) which is the fundraising arm for St. Jude’s. My late cousin, Fred Gattas, a Lebanese- American businessman from Memphis, was a close friend of Thomas and served on the executive committee of ALSAC. In 1962 Thomas founded the hospital to honor his promise. Thanks to this hospital, the overall survival rate for childhood cancers has risen from 20 percent to 80 percent. To this day, I am proud to say, many of my Gattas cousins living in Memphis are still heavily involved in St Jude’s. I am also proud to say that the Petro Law Firm is a proud supporter and annual charitable contributor to St. Jude’s! FROM THE DESK OF Mark Petro

People do all sorts of things to wake themselves up. Some go through countless cups of coffee, some go on quick morning jaunts through the neighborhood, and some even spray themselves with energizing face mist. Whatever your preferred wake-up method is, chances are that you struggle to drag yourself out of your warm bed every once in a while. However, teenagers struggle more than most with both waking up and sleeping. Teenagers often have the reputation of sleeping too much, but the actual data detailing teens’ sleep habits might surprise you. While The Sleep Foundation recommends that teens get nine or more hours of sleep each night, they concluded that over 75 percent of teens are nowhere close to reaching that amount. Sleep researchers refer to adolescents and their sleep patterns as “the perfect storm.”Many factors can reduce sleep among young people, but in general, there are two main types of causes: behavioral (the psychological, societal, and cultural features of a teen’s life) and biological (the brain processes that regulate the amount and timing of sleep). Biological factors, in particular, appear to undergo significant changes during adolescence. Teens’ daily physical clocks seem to slow down and lag behind as they progress through their middle school and high school years. While modern sleep experts tout the consecutive eight-hour sleep regimen (or nine hours for teens), historically, people approached their nightly routines quite differently. Before the Industrial Revolution, people would sleep in two four-hour sessions with a “waking period” of two hours in between. During this waking period, people were surprisingly active. They often got up, used the restroom, smoked tobacco, and even visited neighbors. Others IS YOUR TEEN SLEEPING ENOUGH? The 8-Hour Block Might Not Be the Best Option

–Mark Petro

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