I don't know about you, but I have been reminded of the importance of sleep this first week back. I am an 8 hours of sleep a night kind of girl. When I have 8+ hours of sleep, I am on my A game. 6-7 hours of sleep leads me to be a little foggy, and less than 6 hours of sleep transforms me into a zombie.
I rarely get 8 hours of sleep during the week, but I try to prioritize getting at least 7. I have to make going to bed a priority, though, as I am often wide awake and ready to do my best thinking around 8 PM (how frustrating!). Just as we tell our students, following a routine and finding ways to help my mind relax are vital to getting good rest.
If you ever question the importance of sleep, think back to a time when you have been sick. Over break, I had the worst stomach virus I have ever had-- no exaggeration. I was sick for 7 days, and I spent many of those days sleeping 12-15 hours a day. Crazy! My body was craving that time to recover and rest.
Our lives are so busy between school, children, family and (trying to) pursue the things that make our souls happy. It is easy to put sleep on the back burner, but it is vital to our health in so many ways. If you don't believe me, check out the infographic below: