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Sleep Deprivation Back

Getting enough sleep is imperative to giving 100% in the classroom. If you are not at your best, your students will be able to tell and getting through the day will be more difficult. With the holidays drawing nearer it may be hard to find balance between school and everything the holidays entail. Here are a few suggestions and reminds to help you sleep through the night and be a more effective teacher because of it:

·        Decide on a sleep routine and stick to it. Your body will find it easier to fall asleep if you do it the same time every night. Granted, you may not be able to go to sleep at the same time due to grading, lesson plans and a social life, but try to stick to your sleep schedule as closely as possible during the week. You can also catch up on sleep during the weekend. Don’t oversleep though, or you will be just as tired as before.  

·        Set aside your phone. It is common to pick up your phone before bed and lose track of time as you scroll through your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram feed. Before you know it, several precious potential hours of sleep have slipped through your fingers. This is why it is a good idea to limit your phone time before bed to a limited window or skip being on your phone altogether.

·        Turn off the TV. This goes hand-in-hand with your phone. It can be just as easy to lose track of time staying up binge watching a new favorite show, random documentary, or a movie you have already seen a dozen times. Limiting your television time before bed will allow your mind a break and it will be easier for you to fall asleep and stay asleep.

·        Limit the amount of fluid you drink before bed. It is also a good idea to use the bathroom before bed, even if you do not feel the need to. Getting up during the night to use the bathroom can stop you from getting the full night sleep you need. Stop drinking a few hours before you go to bed (or drink small quantities of water) to prevent this.

·        Make sure your air conditioner or heater is set to a comfortable temperature. Waking up in the middle of the night freezing or dying of heat will interrupt you sleep. The same goes for your bedding. Keep an extra blanket nearby if it is cold.

You need to bring your A game when shaping the minds of your students. It is a tough, time-consuming task, one that will be much easier if you are well rested. 

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