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Zen Sleep Consulting topic at Kiwanis

Annie Schlecht, of Zen Sleep Consulting,” spoke on sleep at the recent Kiwanis meeting. Kiwanis member Lindsey Vogel, introduced Schlect as the speaker at the Nov. 13 meeting.

“You cannot be great parents if you’re completely exhausted,” she said.

Schlect is a wife and mother of two children. She’s also an occupational therapist who worked for Anne Carlsen Center before starting her own business. In recent years, she became a certified sleep consultant and a certified infant massage instructor. One of her goals for opening Zen Sleep Consulting was to “help people to enjoy sleep without pharmaceutical pills.” As a sleep consultant, she creates a sleep plan, completes a sensory assessment of the home, educates patients on the science of sleep and provides daily support to carry out the sleep plan.

Schlect said one of her biggest passions is helping families with young children. She provided several tips for parents including avoiding sleep props, bedtime routines and  more. One tip for children and adults alike is to avoid screen time for one to two  hours before bed, which prevents your body from producing good melatonin to help you sleep. For more information, visit

President Jason Gruebele led the meeting attended by 30 members. Don Caine led group singing accompanied by Sharon Caine. Krysten Perkins collected “Happy Dollars” for the Salvation Army. Tim Eggers will introduce Ben Maulding of the Jamestown Rural Fire Department as the speaker at the next Kiwanis meeting to be held on Nov. 27 at the Quality Inn & Suites.