Elyssa Emsellem's Bio
Elyssa Emsellem is a recent graduate from the Bullis School in Potomac Maryland and a rising freshman at Connecticut College. She is an active teen who played tennis for her high school and will continue to play for her college. She loves to do 'normal' teen stuff such as hanging out with her friends, shopping, and having a good time. In addition to playing competitive tennis, she was an active member of her high school community participating in such programs as Peer Mentors, Students Against Destructive Decisions, and Logos (the high school's literary magazine).
Elyssa describes having a sleep doctor for a mother as an 'interesting experience' that has ingrained the idea of sleep into her brain. At times, the constant reminders about sleep become overwhelming, but she admits that it has helped her develop sleep patterns that work for her and even develop some strategies of her own. Her almost 19 years of sleep experience has given her some creditability among her peers who often ask her about their own sleep habits and advice. She hopes that with this book parents will be able to understand the teenage point of view about sleep, but also inform adolescents of their own sleep behavior and, hopefully, be able to make an impact on the school systems that are a disservice to teenage sleep and learning.