15 Sep 2018

BUILDING BETTER BRAINS WITH MORE SLEEP

Just saying researchers observed that after normal sleep students would have no trouble learning skills in the morning may have summed up the topic but there is need to know how to build yourself in sleeping – well enough to have a functionable state of mind to take in information as we go about the day.

A clear alert brain allows us to focus, learn and remember information and to be creative. On the other hand, when we are sleepy, we make more mistakes and are less productive in school and at work. Learning is ever a pleasant experience and a huge numbers of students in a classroom can be barriers to “instructional innovation” but when teachers have flexible layouts and less students they tend to fall back to lecturing.

SLEEPING AND LEARNING

Sleep is important for many reasons, one big reason is that of memory and learning. There is a relationship between sleep and learning, one way to investigate that is to give students a learning task and then either let them sleep or keep them awake, and then test them at a later time – these studies have shown in general that sleep improves learning.

Meanwhile research studies have shown again that a nap improved memorization, even a nap as short as 6 minutes, because sleep problems may lower grade point averages (GPAs) and students with lower GPAs are likely to have a sleep disorder. Sleeping in class can signify a problem that warrants attention, it can be a distraction to the teacher and to other students and the best ways to attack sleepiness in class is first prevention and the second is the cure. Preventative methods are things you can do before class while cures are things you can do during class when you’re feeling sleepy.

Students need to get a good amount of sleep during the night to avoid sleeping in the class. Scientists think that while we sleep, memories and skills are shifted to more efficient and permanent brain regions, making for higher proficiency the next day. In fact, sleeping shortly after learning new information has been shown to help retention and some research indicates that when people learn before going to sleep or even before taking a nap, they remember the information better in the long term.

Every student knows the feeling. When you arrive to class with the best intentions, find a seat, take out your book and begin listening attentively to your instructor, suddenly – sleep, you frantically try to keep them open but uncontrollable, unconscious and unrestrained drowsiness is taking over. Maybe you spent the night studying or had to work late or maybe you have a disruptive roommate or are struggling to sleep. Whether it’s an early morning class, post-lunch hyperglycemia in an afternoon class or a night class most students have found themselves stuck in sleepiness during class from time to time, while some students find this to be a chronic challenge.

Meanwhile, some researchers go to an extend to dig out why some student nods off frequently, it may be that the student is bored in school, has a medical problem, such as allergies, diabetes, or hypoglycemia or is experiencing side effects of medication. Knowing why a student is falling asleep will help figure out how to respond, and whether to deal with the problem as a medical concern, an emotional difficulty, a motivational problem, or a disciplinary issue.

Paying attention in class is important for achieving good grades and doing well on assignments, but in order to pay attention, you must stay awake and be engaged depending on your level of education, sleeping in class isn’t polite to the teacher and it means you won’t learn the things you’re supposed to learn.

Here are the things sleeping at lectures can cause

  • Miss important lectures.
  • They won’t take note of a rescheduled special lecture.
  • Instructors feels their lecture is not being respected by the student.
  • They are left unaware of the test or the exam schedules.
  • Miss the amount of syllabus to be covered for the exam or for the test.
  • Scores slowly decrease.
  • The students sleep habits might be a nuisance to the other students and to the instructors.
  • Sleeping in class will slowly turn into a habitual practice.
  • Might be left behind even after the class ends early.

When somebody is not motivated towards a topic, they cannot establish a connection with the topic which eventually leads to minimal or no interest in the topic. Students need to be motivated and kept active to generate interest towards a class and the instructor has to work on keeping a random question and answer session (participatory) in between the class hours. This will ensure that the sleepy students are kept alert in the class. The instructor has to make the class interactive and pick randomly any topic which is off the subject to make the class lively and all students kept active and alert.

Mostly, students these days are awake late in the night to complete assignments and project works. It is the responsibility of the school with the instructor to rightly assign tasks to students but most time the assignments should be short and with a fair analysis and should prompt  students to have it completed with eagerness and ease and not as a compulsion to finish within deadlines.

The present-day students have a lot of time for electronic gadgets like, smartphones, video games and so on, they tend to stay awake to have a chat with their friends, busy with playing video games and with the easy access towards social media, the students get addicted to them. The right amount usage of internet and other gadgets are good, but misuse of the same results in poor night’s sleep and in turn results to lots of sleep in the class.

If you’re a chronic classroom sleeper you might want to examine your sleep schedule and try to modify it as necessary, although the amount of sleep needed varies from person to person and changes as we age. In other words, there is no right magic number for the amount of sleep you need; it is dependent on genetics as well as your age. Young adults between the ages of 16 to 21 need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night, for optimal performance and most young adults do not get enough sleep. Hence, it is the responsibility of the parents at home and also the instructors at school or college to keep a watch on the students who have sleep habits.

 

 

Article by Blessing Bassey

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