“When Sleep Is Sound, Health and Happiness Abound”
Next week on Tuesday (4/7/15) students at the University Blvd campus of Paulo Freire Freedom School will be wearing their pajamas to school. The PFFS-U student Advisory Council had recently discussed having another ‘Spirit’ activity and, when the PFFS-U staff met on Wednesday, it came up in the ‘discussion of students’ part of the meeting that many of our students were not getting enough sleep at night. So, as great minds sometimes do , the PFFS-U staff came up with the idea of designating next Tuesday as ‘Sleep Tuesday’ and not only allowing students to wear their pajamas to school that day (spirit activity) but also creating learning activities for the entire day, designed around different aspects of the human phenomena of sleep. Since we missed celebrating as a school World Sleep Day on March 13th – this seemed like a great way to make amends.
All cuteness aside (reference to sleeping animal videos), sleep or rather the lack thereof is a critical problem for adolescents these days and for many students at both schools. During the PFFS-U staff meeting we discussed how much has changed for parents and children in these last 10 years around bedtime routines. Whereas it used to be a struggle to convince a teenager to head off to their bedroom and away from the entertainment center of the home – now so many of our adolescents go off to bedrooms equipped with plenty of entertainment technology. And unfortunately, it is being used by them at the expense of adequate sleep.
‘Frontline’ producer Sarah Spinks has put together a great “summary of what researchers know about teenagers’ need for sleep and why sleep affects memory and learning” entitled Adolescents and Sleep. Katrina Schwartz wrote Why Sleeping May Be More Important Than Studying published by ‘Mindshift‘. We encourage everyone to read these and make whatever changes are needed at your home to ensure that your young person is getting enough sleep every night.