This past weekend, daylight savings began and most students lost 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 spring there is a significant increase in car accidents nationwide.
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.
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.
Sleep is one of the most overlooked aspects of student’s academic and emotional wellness and it makes a HUGE difference. So, try and get to bed early this week to combat the time change and see how the added sleep will improve your patience, alertness, emotional health, and overall brain functioning.
Creating a healthy habit of sleeping at least eight hours every night is probably the most important thing you can do to improve your wellness.