Sleep is incredibly important to every aspect of our lives, but also to our educations, whether we are the student or the educator.
Why Sleep Is Important for Educators:
As an educator, you are responsible for a lot of things and people. However, you are also responsible for taking care of yourself, which often falls to the wayside. The best thing you can do for yourself and your students is to get a good night’s sleep as often as possible.
You’ll Make Fewer Mistakes
When you’ve slept well, your brain will be functioning at a higher level than when you’ve slept poorly. You are in charge of the education of young minds, which means you need to be at your best as often as possible. You’ll make fewer mistakes in your teaching and grading, which will help you to help your students learn as much as they can.
You’ll Be More Patient
Educating kids requires a lot of patience, and you’ll have more of it when you’ve slept well. This allows you to help your students to be less stressed about it at the end of the day.
You’ll Be Less Anxious
With great responsibility for students’ educations comes great anxiety a lot of the time. However, since anxiety is less extreme when you’ve slept well, you’ll be more in control of your emotional reaction to the stressors in your life.
Why Sleep Is Important for Students:
Students of all ages need a full night’s sleep as often as possible in order to perform their best on their tests and learn as much as they can during the school day. Here are some ways that sleep will help your students!
They’ll fidget less
Kids will have less nervous energy when they’re stuck in the classroom, making it easier for them to pay attention and learn during class time. If you can make sure to give them a little bit of active time, that will also help.
They’ll be kinder to their classmates (and you!)
People who have slept more tend to be kinder and more empathetic to everyone around them which in turn will lead to a calmer classroom.
They’ll learn more
Getting a good night’s sleep is integral to the learning process. When students are better rested, they are more likely to absorb information better, which means that they are going to learn more at a quicker rate. They’ll also retain more information because their brain has time to store their memories from the previous day.
Tips On Getting A Better Night’s Sleep
Set (and Keep!) a Strict Bedtime and Wake-up Time
- Keeping a regular sleep schedule makes it easier for your brain to know when to start feeling sleepy and wakeful.
Avoid Caffeine & Alcohol at Night
- Caffeine and alcohol can both disrupt your sleep schedule, so avoid them if you struggle to sleep.
Create a Bedtime Routine
- You can help your body learn its schedule and help yourself sleep better by creating a routine for yourself that makes you relax and gets you ready for the day ahead of yourself.
Make Your Bedroom Comfortable
- Whether you need to cool your bedroom down, update your mattress and pillows, or add a weighted blanket, making your bedroom more comfortable and sleep-focused will help you to sleep better.
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