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Sleep Deprivation?
Posted by: John D
Date: April 24, 2002 2:02 AM

Hello. I am a teenager in high school and like many others have loving and caring parents. They work hard to give us a good decent life. But I am concerned that my parents are getting serious sleep deprivation. My dad, who is in the restaurant business, recently opened his own shop. To make ends meet he, or we, rather, have to do with the minimum number of employees. Both of my parents work there, just as I do. On a typical day, my dad wakes up at 7:00 AM to take my sister to school, as it is on the other side of town. He then goes straight to the restaurant for preparation. It opens at 11:00 AM, and closes at 10:00 PM. There is a 2 hour break in between, but that is always used for preparation. He gets home at around 1:00 - 2:00 AM on a daily basis. I am working there now and I saw first hand how difficult it is to get through a whole day. I can't see how my parents do this EVERY day. They take Mondays off now, but again they use it to prep, as my dad does everything himself. So basically he gets 6 hours of sleep on most days, maybe 7. He has done this even before starting the restaurant. Recently, he has been blanking out. One time he just stood there with a blank face with his jaws moving rapidly, up and down. The customers just stared and it was a wierd moment. I am concerned, as well as my family. We don't really have a family doctor, so I am asking you... I am thinking of postponing college and helping out with the family business for a year till things get off the ground. But anyway, besides getting more sleep, what do you think about this? I'm thinking that this can lead to more serious problems down the road. Thank you for your help.

RE: Sleep Deprivation?
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 24, 2002 3:10 AM

First thing that stikes me is how much you love your father and how much your father loves his family. You have something very special there, a real gift from God. Next thing that occurs to me is that your Dad needs to understand that the best way he can express his love for his family is to take better care of himself. It is a matter of delegating responsibility and doing what one does best rather than trying to do the whole job oneself. There is no substitute for time spent with the people you love, not even all the money in the world.

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