#Sleep October 22

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I often got asked during my tenure in Higher Education for advice on how student or student-athletes could succeed.

My top answer surprised people. It wasn’t going to class. It wasn’t going to the library. It wasn’t getting a tutor. YES all of those things are very important but to me the biggest threat to student success was lack of regular SLEEP.  To be successful you needed SLEEP.

To be honest SLEEP is just important for parents and anyone who wants to experience success.

To succeed you needed to go to SLEEP at the same time each night. Or more aptly put the lack of regularity with SLEEP patterns is going to produce stress. That stress will have a negative impact on the goal of learning and performing.

I have written before about Abraham Maslow Heirarchy of Needs. The foundation is making sure all human physiological needs are met. Included in those physiological needs is SLEEP.


There are things that we can do for our bodies that are superpowers. Exercise, diet, mediation, and SLEEP.

There is a fantastic TedTalk by Dr. Matt Walker who is a brain/sleep scientist. He has shared his research on the importance of sleep on television and radio outlets including CBS’s “60 Minutes,” National Geographic, NOVA Science, NRP and the BBC. He also has a website called Sleep Diplomat.

In May of 2019 he did a presentation on SLEEP is your Superpower.

Take 18 minutes and watch it. It has been viewed over 6 Million times so you want be alone. As you watch the video you hear Dr. Walker say that research has proven that you need SLEEP after you learn and of course before you learn. He also points out how the lack of SLEEP produces all kinds of negative outcomes in our lives.

Tap into the superpower of SLEEP. You need it.





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