for her eloquent commentaries and adolescent insights and for tolerating a sleep doc for her mom. And, finally, for standing by me throughout this project as an ever-present source of warmth and calm, thanks to my husband David.

Helene Emsellem

Snooze … or Lose! was created with the help of many talented, supportive people. My thanks go to my agent, Carol Susan Roth, of Carol Susan Roth Literary, for recognizing the importance of the book’s subject matter and for working her magic to make the book reality. Thanks also to Helene Emsellem, sleep doctor extraordinaire, who made the writing of this book an adventure like no other. I also thank Phyllis Payne, co-chair of S.L.E.E.P., for her insights on how parents can effect later start times in their teen’s high school. And special thanks go to the many young people who shared their thoughts about and experiences with sleep, particularly Elyssa Emsellem, Marlee Meikrantz, and Georgia Kleeman-Keller.

To my wonderful family, Mark, Trina, Bernie, and Jimmy, the biggest thanks of all.

Carol Whiteley



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