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Book Excerpt - The Well-Rested Woman: 60 Soothing Suggestions for Getting a Good Night's Sleep




…she slept the world.
              -- Rainer Maria Rilke

When I was a child, I slept soundly, dreamt sweetly, and awoke triumphantly.  Back then, sleep was pure pleasure – as well as something I was good at – and each morning I took myself away from something luxurious, soft, and intoxicating. 

Somehow, as an adult, the whole sleep experience got badly fractured; many of the women I talk to say the same.  What ever happened to those dreamy nights when we didn’t wake up at 2 A.M. wondering what other sad soul might be awake at this odd hour?  Where did all the peaceful slumber go?

I’m not a M.D., a Ph.D., or a director of a sleep clinic.  I am, however, a female insomnia sufferer who searched hard and ultimately found a good measure of peaceful sleep.  I’ve spent the better part of fifteen years learning about sleep – from a layperson’s point of view – and what to do and not do to help get a better night’s rest. 

This is a book of sleep solutions shared with my sisters-in-sleeplessness, and any woman who simply desires better, more peaceful slumber.  Like most good advice, the suggestions are not earth shattering. In fact, you’ve probably heard some of them before.  But now is the time to truly hear them, use them as a blueprint, a way to teach and train yourself to naturally move into a place of better rest. 

“The Well-Rested Woman: 60 Soothing Suggestions for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep,” is designed to help you, a woman, cultivate the seeds of better sleep.  On a daily basis.  One need not be a classic insomniac to garner great tips for the often difficult task of getting a rejuvenating night’s sleep.

Take the book an essay at a time, flip through the pages, mull it over, read it straight through; however you use it, the wish is that better sleep will bring you expanded energy, spilling over and infusing your life.

I offer this book of sleep wisdom not within the impermeable boundaries of science, but, as Emily Dickinson would say, “from my certain slant of light.”  In it, take solace, serenity, succor and some new secrets.  Of course, sweetest sleep.

Janet Kinosian

Sweet Slumber & Delicious Dreams




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