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Start with Sleep

In recent years public awareness has grown about the importance of diet and fitness for our health, but few people are well educated in the third pillar of health which is sleep. As you know, a good night’s sleep impacts how we feel not only in the morning but throughout the day. When we start the day without enough sleep, we are more likely to go for coffee and carbs and to avoid exercise, so it’s a vicious cycle. Last year, the Center for Disease Control classified sleep deprivation as a public epidemic. The latest reports indicate that one in every three Americans is not getting sufficient rest. How can we improve our sleep hygiene?

Most people don’t know the Sleep Foundation’s recommendations of seven to nine hours a night for adults, ten to thirteen hours for preschoolers and eleven to fourteen hours for toddlers.

There’s a new store at 1211 Hertel Avenue called “Start with Sleep” run by sleep expert, Soda Kuczkowski. You’ll recognize the store from the outside even if you miss the street number because the sign and displays are all black and white with a clean and inviting appeal.

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It’s the first retail sleep shop in Western New York as well as the first anywhere in the sleep health field. Soda, an enthusiastic and knowledgeable educator, is at the forefront of bridging the gap between behavioral and medical therapies and bringing a dialogue about sleep into the mainstream. After a decade of experience educating and supporting physicians’ offices, health clinics, and hospitals, she is aware that diagnostic testing in these environments addresses only the sleep issues that are due to breathing problems.

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Before visiting the store, check the website for the hours or to make an appointment. It’s a fun place to shop where you can purchase teas, essential oils, eye masks, LED dimmers, blue-blocking sunglasses and more. In addition to the products you can use to help improve your sleep, Soda offers diagnostic and treatment services. There’s information everywhere in the store, including the blackboard on the wall, so you are sure to benefit from visiting “Start with Sleep” by becoming better educated about a topic fundamental to your health.

There’s a lot that happens during sleep including warding off disease and removing neurotoxins from the brain and consistency is the best way to achieve the goal of improving sleep.

Soda works with people of all ages and situations, but as a mother of a young child, she has firsthand experience of the importance of teaching children good sleep habits and how easy it is to get off track. By addressing your child’s sleep needs, you may change your family dynamic as well as aid in your child’s development. There’s a lot that happens during sleep including warding off disease and removing neurotoxins from the brain and consistency is the best way to achieve the goal of improving sleep. In her experience, Soda has found that sleep problems are prevalent in single-parent families because they lack the time to make sleep health a priority; Soda can provide support. She is passionate about helping anyone who comes through her doors seeking guidance.

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Most people don’t know the Sleep Foundation’s recommendations of seven to nine hours a night for adults, ten to thirteen hours for preschoolers and eleven to fourteen hours for toddlers. Many behavioral and health issues observed in young children can be resolved through sufficient sleep. If you, your child or family member is struggling with sleep deprivation, visit “Start with Sleep” or contact Soda to schedule a free fifteen minute consultation. You can also visit the store for their grand-opening party on Thursday, May 26th from 5 until 8 p.m.. The refreshments and special offerings will all be provided by other businesses on Hertel Avenue, so it will be a celebration of local businesses.

Start with Sleep is a beautiful store, offering a great service with a savvy and educated owner. Let’s support her and imagine a well-rested community or at least begin with your own body and home. People who have had enough sleep are healthier in their body, mind and spirit. Enough said, time to sleep on it.

Start with Sleep | 1211 Hertel Avenue | Buffalo, New York (716) 235-1505 | Facebook

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Written by Judith Frizlen

Judith Frizlen

Judith Frizlen is the founder of the Rose Garden Early Childhood Center and author of Words for Parents, Words for Teachers and Caregivers and Unpacking Guilt, a Mother's Journey to Freedom. Books and blogposts are on her website at judithfrizlen.com. She is a fan of early childhood, urban architecture and the revitalization of Buffalo.

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