WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Matters

Clock set to 2:03This past weekend daylight savings ended and most students got an extra hour of sleep. Just one extra hour of sleep makes a big difference in how patient, alert, attentive, and safe drivers are on the road. In fact, studies show that when this time change happens every fall there is a significant decrease in car accidents nationwide.

When students get enough sleep, their minds and bodies are able to perform at their best. Sleep affects physical health, mental health, and brain functioning. Sleep is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.

When students consistently don’t get enough sleep, it affects their decision making, emotional stability, physical health, and overall wellness. Furthermore, they aren’t able to learn and remember as easily.

Sleep is one of the most overlooked aspects of student’s academic and emotional wellness and it makes a HUGE difference. So rather than rely on a time change to improve your patience, alertness, emotional health, and overall brain functioning; create a healthy habit of sleeping at least eight hours every night.

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