This was part of a series of lessons built around the theme of ‘Resilience & Motivation’ which will continue until the end of Term 2. As the students embark on their two year IGCSE course and the undoubted challenges that lie ahead, the aim of the lessons is to provide the students with the knowledge and strengths to draw on in times of adversity and enable them to flourish and thrive over the next two years and beyond.
In her presentation, Dr Jane emphasised the vital role that sleep plays in our lives and the negative implications of not getting enough. It is widely recognised that teens require 8-10 hours of good quality sleep every night to support both their physical growth and brain development.
She identified some key areas relevant to our students;
· Good quality sleep improves logical reasoning, cognitive flexibility, memory and the ability to form complex sentences; all essential mental functions required throughout the IGCSE course and beyond.
· Sleep is important for processing and retaining what we learn in the day time; in our sleep neurons build connections of learning that we can recall when the situation arises.
· Good quality sleep can reduce risk taking behaviour and reduce overconfident, impulsive decision making.
· Good sleep helps us build our immune system, making us less prone to getting ill.
· A lack of sleep can lead to a negative relationship with food; possible leading to overeating.
· Good quality sleep is also good for the skin, enabling us to get rid of toxins that we are exposed to daily.