Break (17 Dec – 6 Jan): Catching up on Sleep

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We all know how the school session goes: you stay up late doing homework, chatting with friends, going out, cruising the Internet, whatever. If you’re like me, grading, planning, playing with my daughter, talking with my wife, trying to maintain some level of sanity. Whatever you’re doing, the upshot is that you’re not getting as much sleep as you need, right?

And, we all know how much a teenager needs to sleep every night, right?

And, we all know when our circadian rhythms render us at our lowest ebb when sleep is most likely, right?

Well, now that he Winter Break is upon us, it is a good time to catch up on sleep because I’m sure that we’ve all run up quite a sleep debt, a lack of an adequate amount of sleep to support optimal functioning. This debt can be paid with a few nights of good sleep. I hope your sleep debt is paid now.

Along with this concept is REM rebound where you experience an increase in REM sleepbecause of a reduction in REM-sleep. While the lack of REM-sleep can be caused by almost anything, one cause is a lack of sleep of any kind.

It seems to me that this makes a great blog topic for the break.