In a leadership meeting back in 2012 those of us gathered around the table were encouraged to think outside the box to explore ways to improve learning. I’d encountered multiple days trying to wake students and decided a lack of sleep was directly impacting their ability to learn. I made this Sleep Brochure back then, placed it in our school lobby and distributed it to the counselors and faculty that they might mention it during parent/teacher conferences. Validation was everywhere then but I didn’t feel that anyone thought something as simple as sleep might make a difference.
Currently, Matthew Walker of UC Berkeley has made several appearances on morning television to explain how important it is that we stop taking sleep for granted. I hope you will investigate his research and take heed. It is quite a simple experiment to take a few weeks to set a sleep schedule, stick to it, and examine your own findings.
I wish my own sleepy child would read this. 🙂