Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Quest 5 - Sleep... It Does Your Body Good!

Sleep and Your Health

Oi Grade 6!

Every living thing sleeps. Some animals spend as many as 20 hours a day sleeping! I wonder, what makes sleep so important? Considering your busy schedules, what factors could influence when it is time for you to sleep and how often do you choose when to go to bed? 

As we explore Quest 5, Sleep... It Does Your Body Good!, consider the following guiding questions and use the information we will learn to complete the sleep document that is shared in our folder for Health. 

Guiding questions...
  • What is sleep?
  • Why is sleep important?
  • How is sleep connected to physical activity?
  • What strategies could we use to get better sleep?

What can Tim and Moby teach us about sleep? 

What do you see-think-wonder about sleep?



Challenged Success... What is it?


The purpose of this study was to identify areas in our school culture that contribute to or detract from a healthy learning environment.

What were the outcomes of Challenged Success?
  • Develop policies and strategies that help students, teachers and parents nurture growth and manage stress in ways that truly align with our school's mission and core values

What can Tim and Moby teach us about stress? 

What do you see-think-wonder about stress?



What does sleep have to do with Challenged Success?

Take a look at the graph below. What does this graph tell us about the sleeping habits of Middle School students? I wonder, what is your average hours of sleep each night? What could you do to ensure you get enough quality sleep?



Why sleep?

Sleep helps our bodies and brains grow. I wonder, what are some ways that sleep helps our bodies and brains develop?

Click on the image below to learn about why sleep is important for your body and brain...



How does sleep work?

While we are sleeping, our bodies and brains are busy getting ready for a new day. Click on the following images to learn more about how sleep works. I wonder, what new understandings did you gain about sleep?




How much sleep do we actually need?

You can be at your best when you get enough sleep! I wonder, what happens to our bodies and brains if we get enough sleep? What happens if we don't? What is the difference between good or quality sleep and sleep deprivation?

Click on the image bellow and watch the video to find out!





Sleep Deprivation and Physical Health
  • Impairs brain functions
  • Increases risk of seizures
  • Changes in breathing and heart rate
  • Increased sensitivity to pain
  • Hormonal changes
  • Weight gain
  • Shorter lifespan
  • Increased risk of the following
    • diabetes
    • cancer
    • heart disease
    • strokes
    • depression

Sleep Deprivation and Learning

Lack of quality sleep or deprivation has negative outcomes on school performance...
  • Irritable
  • Grumpiness
  • Falling asleep in class
  • Judgement impairment
  • Interpretation of events is affected
  • A decrease in the following
    • learning - processing speed and attention span
    • working memory - actively holds multiple pieces of information
    • memory recall - ability to access your long-term memory

When you get enough sleep, higher academic and athletic success!


How can we get better sleep?

Take a look at the following tips for getting better sleep. I wonder, which tips do you currently follow? Which tips do you need to practice more?



What are some other recommendations?

Sleep environment
  • Use bright lights during the day and avoid bright lights near bedtime
  • Phones and computer screens keep the brain awake, so store digital devices outside of the bedroom
  • Make your bedroom comfortable!
  • If your pets wake you at night, limit their access when you sleep
  • Looking at the time can stress you, so turn your clock around
  • Use your bed only for sleeping

Sleep behaviours
  • Sunlight exposure everyday
  • Maintain a sleep schedule
  • Relax before sleep time - allow 30-60 minutes of winding down time
  • Avoid or limit naps
  • Take a warm bath or shower before sleeping
  • If thinking about tasks, make a list and don't lie in bed thinking it

Making Connections

I wonder, from our learning experiences so far, what connections could you make to our enduring understanding and the following essential questions:

Enduring Understanding
  • Health is a complex system with many moving parts and every choice we make impacts our physical, mental and emotional well-being

Essential Questions
  • What are health benefits from physical activity?
  • How do our choices affect our health and safety?

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