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May 8, 2015

Sleep Better Than a Baby

Hal photo outside Feb2012“People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one.” (Leo J. Burke)

There are few things in life worse than a sleepless night — except for maybe an endless string of them. When you’re sleep deprived, food doesn’t taste as good, colors don’t look as bright, and things that normally wouldn’t bother you set you off instantly.

If you have a baby who is not sleeping well, I offer you my sincere and earnest condolences. There are some valuable resources out there to help you teach your little darling to sleep through the night. Until you find the right one, keep telling yourself that, “This too shall pass.”

Come to think of it, that’s not a bad phrase for all of us to remember. No matter what you’re dealing with right now — regardless of what it is that’s keeping you awake at night — there will come a time when it is just a faded memory. This knowledge can help you maintain a sense of proper perspective whether you’re pacing the floors with your baby, waiting at the door for your teen, prepping for that big presentation at work, or awaiting the results of the test from your doctor.

Tackle each thing as it comes. Tomorrow will bring its own set of issues. Let that go for tonight, do what you can do, take a deep breath, and let yourself sleep better than a baby.

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