Discusses why napping is important to physical and mental health, explains sleep patterns and how napping can enhance them, and includes a "Nap Wheel" on the front cover to help readers plan the optimum nap.
A neuroscientist and sleep researcher explains the physical, psychological, and cognitive benefits of the good old-fashioned nap. Research has revealed a well-timed nap can increase alertness, boost creativity, reduce stress, and improve perception, stamina, motor skills, and accuracy. Even better, a napping habit can enhance your sex life, help you make better decisions, keep you looking younger, aid in weight loss, reduce the risk of heart attack, elevate your mood, and strengthen your memory. In this guide, a researcher at the Salk Institute and the leading authority on the study of the nap reveals a scientifically based breakthrough program that shows how we can fight the fatigue epidemic—which afflicts approximately fifty million Americans—through a custom-designed nap. Sara C. Mednick explains the five stages of the sleep cycle, particularly Stage Two, Slow Wave Sleep, and REM, and the benefits each one provides; how to assess your tiredness and set up a personal sleep profile; and how to neutralize the voice in your head that tells you napping is a sign of laziness—after all, JFK, Churchill, Einstein, and Napoleon weren’t exactly slackers. Using the unique Nap Wheel, discover exactly when your optimum napping time is, and exactly how long you should try to sleep—and how it’s possible to design a nap to inspire creativity one day, and the next day design one to help improve your memory. Also included are tips on how to create the right nap environment, a sixteen-step technique for falling asleep, a six-week napping workbook, and more.
An entertaining and compassionate handbook for parents of young children takes a close-up look at the years between one and three, drawing on expert advice and explanations from pediatricians, child development specialists, and psychologists to demystify toddler behavior and explain how to reduce frustration, cultivate good manners, and interact with toddlers in a healthy way. Original.
“When Cats Nap They Dream About Taking Over the World” is a memorable and laugh-out-loud collection of children’s experiences with their feline pets. Children between the ages of four and thirteen freely and colorfully expound on such topics as why cats are lovable, what cats think of their owners and veterinarians, what cats make of domestic family life, and what a typical cat’s personality is really like. But the children also proceed further into their imaginations and speculate about good books for cats, the proper school curriculum for all cats, what their four-legged friends dream about when they nap, and a cat’s relationship to spirituality and religion. Ultimately, the children tell us with considerable passion and good humor how having a cat has influenced and shaped their upbringing. Here are just a few of the hundred of choice offerings: “All cats believe that people are the finicky ones.” (Ryan, aged ten) “If cats had their country, then everything would be purr-fect!” (Colette, aged eleven) “Cats don’t really wear clothes. . . . They prefer to be naked.” (Carey, aged eight) “What do cats believe should be done to dogs? Deportation to North Korea!” (Jared, aged thirteen) “Every cat needs private time so they can contemplate their life.” (Stephanie, aged twelve)
Sabrina's cat, Salem, gets a chance to appear on TV when The Pretty Kitty Company picks him as their new mascot, only to discover that their product tastes awful, in a story that features pet care tips. Original.