The irony is not lost on me – I was a neuroscientist, specialising in sleep, and I struggled to get off to sleep myself. Secondly, people would always ask me the same question…why do we sleep? And I would have to give the answer that every know-it-all dreads…I don’t know. We have theories backed by strong scientific evidence as to why we sleep, but nothing definitive. I did a temp job that required me to do night shift and to cope with the change of sleep schedule, I had to pull from my knowledge about sleep patterns. I studied sleep in toddlers; however, I discovered that many of the tips offered to parents for kids with bedtime resistance, could be applied to myself when I was trying to get to sleep at 8am in the morning. It occurred to me that these tips could be used by anyone, of any age, who find themselves lying awake, staring at the ceiling.
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