Sleep
Time 2.3 hrs

Difficulty Beginner
Prerequisites Your Brain
Departments Human Technologies
Authors Ross Parker
Groupings Individual
Pairs
Threes
Minimum Year Group None

Blurb

Sleep is vital to being healthy, happy and being able to learn. Do you get enough sleep? In this unit, you will learn about sleep, and learn to become a better sleeper.

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  • Sleep is vital to being healthy, happy and being able to learn.
  • Do you get enough sleep?
  • In this unit, you will learn about sleep, and learn to become a better sleeper.
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5 mins
So Sleepy
The Pitch
  • Sleep is vital to being healthy, happy and being able to learn.
  • Do you get enough sleep?
  • In this unit, you will learn about sleep, and learn to become a better sleeper.
10 mins
Why Do We Sleep?
Theory
  • What is the purpose of we sleep, and what are the dangers of not sleeping.
  • What the videos below to learn more:

  • We can take a more philosophical view of all of this:

5 mins
How Much Sleep?
Your Body
  • The amount of sleep one needs various from person to person, and changes as we develop. The chart below, from The Sleep Foundation recommends 9-11 hours for those in Years 7 and 8, with 8-10 hours for those in Years 9-13. Click for a larger version.

40 mins
Better Sleep
Insomnia!
  • There are many factors that prevent us from getting quality sleep, or from falling asleep quickly and easily.
  • Sometimes we need medical help to deal with these problems, but often a few simple changes can help:
    • Adopt a routine - try and do the same things at the same time, to let your body know it is time to sleep.
    • Avoid screens - the white light from our screens prevents melatonin from doing its job and helping you get to sleep. Don't use a computer or phone for an hour before bed time. If you must use a device, consider an app like Flux (free on Mac, Android, iOS, Windows), which gradually turns your screen yellow as the sun goes down.
    • Use sleep music - sleep music, available from apps like Pzizz (free on iOS and Android) can help you relax and fall asleep by using music, inaudible vibrations, visualisation and mediation.
  • Why not use the Pzizz Sample Energizer Nap sample, which is an MP3 file you can download, and have a 15 minute nap right now. Go on. Find a quiet place and have a power nap.
  • Of course, there are other ways to think about and deal with not being able to sleep:

10 mins
Your Sleep Journal
Facts!
  • In order to investigate your sleep habits, you will make your own sleep journal.
  • Use a word processing app (e.g. Google Docs, Pages, Word) to make a table to record your sleep for the coming week. Something like this:

  • Try to record your sleep every night for the coming week.
  • Bring this record with you to your next Free Learning session.
70 mins
Your Sleeping Habits
Evidence
  • You will now take your sleep journal, and start expanding it into a piece of work that you can submit. Do the following:
    • Add a title to this document, as well as your name.
    • Add an introduction as to what this work is, and why you are creating it.
    • Think about whether you are getting enough sleep or not.
    • Write a little about how you feel about your sleep habits and patterns, and what you changes you would like to make, if any.
    • Some text about the apps Flux and Pzizz and whether you found them useful.
  • When you are ready, submit your work as evidence.
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