U.S. Survey: Most Have Difficulty Sleeping on Sunday Nights

Nine p.m. rolls around and then before you know it, midnight has come. You’re not ready to start the working week just yet. Did the weekend go too fast? Or is it simply the Sunday blues? It’s a common occurrence in most U.S. households as a new study reveals that Sunday night is the most difficult night to fall asleep. According to online panel provider Toluna Omnibus, up to 39 percent of more than 3,000 respondents say they have trouble catching “Z’s” on Sundays.

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Why is Sunday so special? Sleep specialist “Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., tells The Huffington post that “social jet leg” creeps in after staying up later on most Friday and Saturday nights. Sleeping in on Saturday and Sunday mornings also shifts the entire biological clock. “When Sunday night comes around, your body is used to staying up later and sleeping later,” he tells the Huffington Post.

Another major factor is stress, says Breus. People who are employed full-time and homemakers felt the effects of stress about the week ahead. Tuesdays and Thursdays were identified as some of the easier nights to fall asleep. As tempting as it is to sleep in on the weekends, Breus says to stick to your regular sleeping schedule. He also recommends writing in a worry journal and creating to-do lists to combat stress.

 

Child Raises $30,000 for his Sick Friend

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How chocolate bar!

With the pressures of learning how to read and adjusting to elementary school, 6-year-old Dylan Siegel is juggling a lot more on his plate. Siegel’s best friend Jonah Pournazarian, 7, has been diagnosed with glycogen storage disease type 1B. It’s a rare liver disorder that doesn’t have a cure. The two best friends live in Los Angeles.

Instead of spending his money on comics, action figures or candy, Dylan decided to raise money and help his ailing friend  Jonah. In an interview with ABCNews.com, Dylan’s father David Siegel said that they wanted to set up a lemonade stand and even more, “He looked at us and said, ‘I want to write a book.'”

Dylan created a 16-page book called “Chocolate Bar.” The phrase is used in place of “cool.”

“Disneyland is so chocolate bar.”

“I like to help my friends. That is the biggest chocolate bar.”

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After just two months on the market, the handwritten and illustrated book and chocolate bars have raised $30,000. Jonah’s parents set up a fund for heir son just after he was born, raising around $400,000 so far, but now “Chocolate Bar” is giving them a big boost. Whole Foods has donated hundreds of chocolate bars and a local Barnes & Noble hosted a book signing that brought in 200 people.

Jonah’s father Rabin Pournazarian says his genetic condition afflicts one in a million children. Jonah is fed with a tube and most days all he eats is cornstarch mixed with chicken soup and vegetables that his mother makes.

They money from the fund, book sales and chocolate sales have been sent to the University of Florida School of Medicine in Gainesville for research. It is noted that Dr. David Weinstein is working with 200 families.

It’s the first time the rare disease has gotten national attention and it’s something they never dreamed possible Pournazarian said.

Photos from ABC News