Sleep. It’s a beautiful thing. Yet it is also a source of frustration for many. It has recently come to my attention that a few of my children are having trouble sleeping. I thought it might be situational. Our oldest son is in flight school, training to fly the F-18 Super Hornet. Over the last few years he has spent a lot of late nights in the simulator or studying so I am not that surprised that his sleep routine has been altered. However #6 (Grace), who is a freshman in high school, also often has trouble sleeping. She is a VERY active 14 year-old. If I was doing what she is doing (in terms of physical activity), I would crash every time my head hit the pillow. Then #3 (Thomas), when he was home for Christmas, told me he has trouble with sleep as well. A Division 1 athlete, Thomas has a daily afternoon practice of 2-3 hours and attends morning practice 2-3 days a week around 5 am. So why is he having trouble with sleep? I can’t imagine making it to 10 pm without falling asleep on my feet with the physical schedule Thomas keeps.
Hmmm…. What’s going on? I worry about my sleep-deprived kids. I know how crucial sleep is to our health. Could there be something else going on here? Besides being from the same geneological line, what do Charlie, Grace, and Thomas have in common? They all use modern technology a lot (or at least as much as most people their age do). A quick google search brought me to an article posted yesterday (Feb. 19) about sleep on mercola.com. My friend, Alan Tyson, physical therapist and owner of Architech Sports in Charlotte, NC, introduced me to Dr. Joseph Mercola‘s website a few years ago when I was writing about nutrition. Dr. Mercola has a lot of interesting things to say regarding health and fitness. Board-certified in family medicine, Dr. Mercola is trained in both traditional and natural medicine (he has written a new book called Effortless Healing which will be available in late February). Sometimes controversial, he is always thought provoking. Here is what he says about the affect of technology on sleep: [Read more…]