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Schedule Some Sleep

  • 30th August 2010 |
  • Author: Iris

Sleep:   the ultimate school supply.   Start the school year off right by getting your kids back on a healthy sleep schedule!   Go to bed at the same time each night and get a consistent amount of sleep.

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Getting an adequate amount of sleep every night is important for both children and adults.  In order to perform at our optimal best in school or at work, we need to get an adequate amount of sleep.

Sleep deprivation affects the body and mind in various ways.  When we don’t get enough sleep, our behavior may change.  Moodiness or irritability sets in.  We will also find that we cannot focus very well or recall information as readily.

One’s alertness or ability to react quickly is drastically reduced when you’ve been deprived of sleep.  A classic example of this is a person driving a car who has gotten no sleep or very little sleep.   That driver may find themselves slipping in and out of consciousness without even realizing it and without the ability to control it.   It’s called micro-sleeps — the brain just shuts down for 1 – 15 seconds (very similar to blackouts).  In addition, the driver finds that their ability to respond quickly to normal driving maneuvers is also impaired greatly.

The healing process is also hindered if we don’t get enough sleep.  If you are feeling sick or recovering from an injury, getting lots of sleep is vital to your speedy recovery.  In addition, children need an adequate amount of sleep in order to facilitate the growth process.

Studies have also shown that weight gain is a side effect of sleep deprivation.  Snacking and caving in to cravings may be the culprit.  The less sleep we get, the more likely it will be that we will consume more food.

So, getting enough sleep is the key to high performance and being your optimal best.  If you want to get fit or improve your health, getting an adequate amount of sleep should be at the top of your list of things to do..

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