SLEEP YOUR WAY TO THE TOP Better Sleep, Better Grades

Two kids were talking: “I don’t think my Mom knows much about children.”  “Why do you say that?” “Because she always puts me to bed when I’m wide awake, and gets me up when I’m sleepy!”

One of things I’ve learned in almost fifty years of working in the field of education (Christian schools) is this; if a child’s having trouble in class, it may be time to look at their sleeping habits.  For to thrive academically, kids of all ages – preschool through college – need to have the energy to be able to: focus, concentrate, retain, etc.  And all of these skills depend heavily on getting a consistent, healthy sleep.  As a matter of fact, researchers just completed an interesting study.  In the experiment, without the teacher knowing, pupils in the class went to bed later than normal for an entire week and then went to bed earlier than normal for an entire week.  And when their teacher was interviewed afterward, what a difference had been observed between the two weeks when it came to things like paying attention and mastering information.

So, how much sleep should school students get?  Preschoolers (ages 3-5) 10 to 13 hours.  School age (6-13) 9 to 11 hours.  And teenagers (14-17) 8 to 10 hours.

The bottom line.  It’s a no-brainer.      Students who get to sleep early on school nights and don’t stay up late on weekends, get more As and Bs and less Cs and Ds.

PASTOR’S PAGE (Addendum)

SLEEP SERMON

Not For The Kids, But For We Adults

There was a day in the past when a good night’s sleep was revered.  As Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Early to bed, early to rise; makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”.  But then along came the Industrial Revolution and we did a complete 360; sleep was now not just devalued, but actually greatly scorned – “You snooze, you lose” (or) “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”.  However, there are those who are beginning to counter such thinking with: “You don’t snooze, you will lose” (and) “You don’t sleep, you will be dead”, especially in our 24/7 wired world  This is because it is now understood that – there is practically no part of our lives that is not helped by getting a good night’s sleep and there is practically no part of our lives that is not hurt by not getting a good night’s sleep.  That sleep is our most underrated health habit (being as important as diet, nutrition, exercise, etc.).  That there are huge consequences for not getting enough shut-eye.  That sleep is not a curse from God, but a blessing from above.  That it is just what the doctor ordered.  (It is now known medically that the body heals faster when asleep than when awake, such as producing more white blood cells to fight bacterias and viruses).  As Solomon said in the Book of Ecclesiastes (5:12), The sleep of a labouring man is sweet…

The best sleep advice?  Don’t just set your alarm clock to tell you when you have to get up in the morning.  Also do the very opposite, set your alarm clock to tell you when you have to go to bed in the evening.

PASTOR’S PAGE (Concluded)

SLEEP SAYINGS

● I finally got eight hours of sleep.  It took me three days, but whatever.

● Some people can’t sleep because they have insomnia.  I can’t sleep because I have the internet.

● Sometimes I look forward to going to bed at night because when I wake up, I get coffee.

● Don’t go to bed angry, stay up and fight.

● How to sleep faster?  Decorate your bedroom to look like your classroom.

● Sometimes, I can go hours without drinking coffee.  It’s called sleeping.

● The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.

● I can’t sleep in a warm bed, not when I know the dessert in the refrigerator is cold.

● Your eyes water when you yawn because you miss your bed and it makes you sad.

● Me: We need to fall asleep.  Brain: No, let’s stay awake and think about every decision we made today.

● I don’t want to sleep like a baby, I want to sleep like my husband.

● I got out of bed for this!