Archive for May, 2014

To nap or not to nap?

Posted: May 15, 2014 in neuroscience, sleep

Hi everyone! I apologize that I’ve been seriously behind on the blog writing business…actually seriously behind is an understatement given that my last proper entry was in March! Well given that the dot b programme and resilience workshops are more or less behind me I should have more time now to write about stuff that will hopefully be helpful for you!

After the resilience workshop that I had with the JC2s, a number of students came up to me afterwards and said that when they get home from school they are usually too tired to do anything so they take like a 2 hour nap before dinner and then obviously can’t sleep early enough at night before having to wake up for school and the cycle continues. So the question was whether napping is okay and if so, how long should they nap for? The quick answer to that is that napping is really awesome (I nap all the time) but anything more than 30 minutes and you may find that you wake up feeling more tired than before you napped. Students in Taiwan have a mandated 30 minute nap after their lunch break (how great is that!?) because scientific evidence shows that it actually improves alertness and focus in class.

As you know by now, my opinions are based on science so here’s a pretty cool scientific video explaining all of this.


I really like this article that was shared with me recently. I couldn’t write it any better so reblogging it here.


It’s 4 a.m.  I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep.  But, I can’t.  Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain.  Why?  Because I am stressed about my students.  Really stressed.  I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say — the real truth I’ve been needing to say — and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I really think tomorrow.

This is what students really need to hear:

First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself.  And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you. Do I have permission to be…

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