sleep challenge

You're supposed to get eight hours of nightly rest. I tried that out for a week.
1. Sleep seven to nine hours a night. While there's no magic number, the general rule of thumb for adults is seven to nine
This week, I loaded up a U-Haul van to take my youngest daughter to college for her freshman year, and to help my older daughter get settled in for her junior year. It's a big transition, not just for them but for their mom, who will be an empty nester for the first time in 21 years. Our lives have been so consumed with the details of the move, there hasn't been much time to contemplate the emotional logistics. I thought long and hard about what my parting advice to them should be. I decided on, "get enough sleep!" Indeed, HuffPost College has launched a campaign urging students to replace the traditional "Freshman 15" (pounds), with the "Freshman 8" (hours of sleep). Check out Dr. Michael Breus's post on why this is so important, and these great tips on getting enough sleep in a dorm... without your mommy there to tuck you in.
The first step is becoming a fan of HuffPost College on Facebook. When we post every morning, you'll see us in your News
We believe getting enough shuteye is the next feminist issue. After all, women have already broken glass ceilings in politics, sports, business and the media -- just imagine what we can do when we're fully awake.
Two weeks into the sleep challenge, I've found myself in possession of a rich and compelling dream life. I used to write down my dreams in a journal. But then life -- especially motherhood -- intervened.
Over my decades of insomnia and particularly during my years as mother to teenagers, I have considered their talent for sleep as something that others should learn to master.
Lately, I've been wondering whether music might become part of my go-to-sleep regimen. I'm searching for some great stuff that will do the opposite of revving me up.
Our frustrations about dreams arise out of a combination of romanticism and 21st century urgency, a mindset that leads not only to sleep deprivation but also to soul deprivation.
Remembering dreams and committing those daily experiences to memory are important functions of sleep. And it looks like great sex can reinforce itself by making good dreams out of the experience too.
Besides the obvious reasons for someone coming to a beautiful paradise like Hawaii one of the reasons I come is because of sleep. Good, deep, restful sleep. Natural sleep.
For the first time in probably 10 years, I've only fallen asleep when I meant to, as opposed to on planes, trains, automobiles, over romantic dinners or during family events.
Just one of the startling things I've learned over the last two weeks of the Sleep Challenge is that apparently, when it comes to good health, what you do in the hour right before you go to bed really matters.
Here's a question for all of you: What are you doing less of to make more time for sleep?
Cindi pointed to the weight maintenance benefits of a full night of rest. Click here to find out more about Sleep Challenge
Here is my existential question for you, dear readers: Would you cut short a fun night to avoid paying the groggy-headed price the next day, or do you embrace the moment knowing that perfection isn't always worth it?
I am a person who needs good sleep. I know this. It's been proven time and again. Without at least eight or, better, nine hours of sleep, I am less than I can be.
Sleep is actually a combination of 2 systems, your sleep drive (like hunger) and a biological clock that tells you when to sleep. When both are working well together, you sleep best.