Do you want to help your students or athletes improve how they think and feel? Would you like your students to get better exam results? Do you wish you could concentrate for longer and have a better memory? There is a simple, quick and easy way to do all of that. All you have to do is sleep a bit better.
THE BENEFITS OF SLEEP
There has been a lot of research done on the power of sleep. Scientists have found that those who sleep better at night have been found to:
- Have better concentration
- Have increased memory
- Focus less on the negative
- Are more creative
- Have a better immune system
- Be better decision makers
Probably as a result of these things combining, students who sleep better have been found to get significantly higher grades than their sleepy peers, with the amount you sleep making up to half a grade's difference.
HOW MUCH sleep IS ENOUGH?
There is no exact answer for how much sleep people need, but chances are you aren’t getting enough. The amount of sleep you need depends on your age, with adults and older teenagers needing less than children. Experts tend to recommend about 7-9 hours a night on average. A recent survey found that most of us are getting less than 6¾ hours each night. In many of the schools that we visit to run our workshops, many students say they are getting less than 6.
SLEEP YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS
So what are the best ways to help you fall asleep? If you want to become an expert in sleep, may we recommend the excellent Richard Wiseman book, Night School, as it really is a superb overview of all things sleep related. In the meantime, here are six scientifically proven ways to help you, your students or your athletes nod off:Have a regular bed time - This helps to keep your body clock consistent and it also helps you avoid unwanted distractions.
As well as doing all these fantastic things to get a better night's sleep, make sure you're not making any of these 9 Common Sleep Mistakes and cancelling out your good habits. For teenagers who struggle to get enough rest during exam season, check out our blog all about how powerful sleep is as a revision technique.