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The Sleep Revolution

Many moms think about sleep...longingly, like a rose, or old lover. Very few have time to read a book about sleep, so I read one for you, Arianna Huffington (founder of The Huffington Post)'s The Sleep Revolution.

According to an Australian study, after being awake for 17-19 hours, subjects can experience levels of cognitive impairment equal to having .05% blood alcohol, just under the legal limit. A few more hours of staying awake, and that impairment rises to 0.1%, legally drunk. Huffington's book cites harrowing statistics from the CDC: drowsy U.S. drivers are involved in 328,000 accidents each year, 6400 of which result in deaths.

Driving while sleep-deprived isimpaired driving.

Terrifying thought, since most new parents (especially moms breastfeeding their babies all night long) are chronically sleep-deprived.

Speaking of moms, according to Dr. William Dement, founder of the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic, workingmothers with young children at home have seen additional 24…

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