Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Countless studies have confirmed that getting a good night’s sleep coupled with a good diet can be extremely beneficial to children and adults. The premise is simple. If students get more sleep, they will be more alert in class. If adults get more sleep, they will be more alert. For both groups, getting more sleep, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy dose of family, friends, and technology can result in extremely positive results. The results of not getting enough sleep can be detrimental to one’s health.

One author points out that according to the Center for Disease Control, less than 70% of students get a full eight hours of sleep each night for various reasons. Some of the common culprits are: social media, school activities, homework, television, and family activities Like chores, babysitting, etc. However, what many fail to realize is that a lack of sleep not only makes one groggy, but it can also lead to higher rates of depression, physical challenges, and the inability to remember information.

When we sleep our brains tend to figure things out. It is while we are asleep that we unlock the keys to difficult challenges that we face in our daily lives. Our “a-ha moments” or epiphanies are commonly known to occur while we are asleep so it only makes sense to get a full night’s rest.

I currently serve as a high school principal at an early college high school. Our students take high school and college courses and can complete an associate’s degree and high school diploma by the time they graduate. One of the challenges with teenagers taking college and high school courses is time management. They often procrastinate and end up rushing to complete assignments just before they are due. Adults are no different. They often wait until the last minute to pay bills or complete tasks. While I was designing a college success course that I teach to my students who are unsuccessful in their college courses, I remembered this fact. Therefore, I have my students complete a schedule in class to help keep them organized and to better manage their time. I encourage students and adults to both create schedules to help ensure there is adequate time for sleep, chores, school work, etc.  But, remember once the schedule is created include flex time for unexpected emergencies and then stick to the schedule as much as possible.

©️ 2017 Bryan Ruffin


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