I've been sleeping a lot since I got home from three weeks in Oklahoma, where I was dealing with the terrible aftermath of my brother's death from a shooting at a Best Buy in Tulsa. At first I felt guilty. I wasn't sure if I was seeking the healing power of sleep, or being self-indulgent.
I've come down on the side of the healing power of sleep. Today I woke up and still had the same thought I've had every day since July 14: "Is Wesley really dead? Yes. Yes, he is." But when I started moving around I felt pretty good, instead of in a fog.
I never realized how hard it is to think when you have a shock to your system like the sudden and violent death of a loved one. And extra sleep is what my brain needs to recover. I don't have to judge myself because we live in a crazy, sleep-deprived culture.
Fortunately, more destination spas and wellness centers are adding sleep programs so that we can learn how to sleep better, or overcome difficulties sleeping. One good example is Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa, a 650-acre fully renovated private wellness spa at The Doral in Miami, Florida.
While Pritikin is known primarily for weight loss, it has a sleep program directed by Sam Judah Sugar, M.D., FACP. Find out Dr. Sugar's top tips for how to get a good night's sleep.