11/12/2005

Kids need more sleep.

I read a sleep deprivation article today that described a correlation between school performance, and sleep. The study described in the article observed children up to 12 years, old, and highlighted that children much more difficulty in school in the areas of concentration, and performance, etc, when they hadn't had enough sleep. While this news isn't that surprising, I started thinking that adults probably suffer in similar ways. In today's fast paced society, people are constantly moving, multi-tasking, and trying to "do it all", and often sleep is at the bottom of the list. As college students, sleep deprivation is a normal part of life, but is trying to cram in so much really the best? I wonder if all the timely requirements people have to endure are really doing more harm than good. Perhaps if life could slow down a little bit, children and adults could get a little more quality, and a little less quantity, and could retain more knowledge. If people could have a little less going on in their lives, I believe performance in all areas of life could improve, whether it be in school, work, or at home with our families. Anyway, just a little thought, sweet dreams!

4 comments:

Chloe said...

I agree with you completely. I think a lot of times people will try so hard to cram everything into their lives, and sometimes that leads to a crash. I find myself falling into this category a lot too. Taking a few things out of our lives can lead to great fulfillment in other areas.

Ava said...

I also agree, sleep is critical in everyone’s lives. When you do not get enough sleep your stress level goes up dramatically. When you have stressed employees, it is said that your level of productivity goes down. I know that if I do not get enough sleep and feel stressed I tend to take more time off work and slack on my studies.

Jasmine said...

I know I could always use more sleep, but we don't always get what we want. I guess in the case of kids that are still learning and developing that we should do everything possible to maximize their potential. Especially when you consider the competition that they will face from their peers in China and India. Or maybe this is just all a scam from the mattress industry? Just kidding. Maybe would could convince Dr. Tufte to let us take naps in class to maximize our learning potential.

Dr. Tufte said...

What does this have to do with ManEc?