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Your Compass MONTHLY
FROM THE DESK OF Ty Wilson
It’s a great time of year —we are officially in the fall season! The weather should start cooling off. Baseball season is coming to an end, and if you are a political person, there is an election coming up next month. We are rapidly finishing out this year. I feel like this year has really buzzed by. Having children makes you notice suddenly that your children are growing up and becoming more and more mature. You realize that little baby that you thought you would never stop changing diapers for now is a grown child that you feel like you spend more time driving around for their schedules more than your own. I often think, there will be a day when I miss the craziness. When that thought appears, I smile and enjoy the madness as it is happening. The one constant is change. Just when you get use to something, mark my words, something will change. Speaking of change, my firm is open to suggestions on topics for the newsletter, please let me know if have suggestions.
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. IS YOUR TEEN SLEEPING ENOUGH? The 8-Hour Block Might Not Be the Best Option
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
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