Have you ever wondered what would happen if your teachers suddenly announced that it was naptime and encouraged you to stretch out on a mat on the floor and rest for an hour? Granted, this is a perfectly normal part of the school day for preschoolers, but for junior and high school students, naptime is a thing of the past. There is simple too much to do to be sleeping in the middle of the day. But actually, having a nap during the school day could be extremely beneficial.
Give Your Body a Break
A teenage body needs more than eight hours of sleep at night. In fact, a teen might need as much as ten hours of sleep during a twenty-four hour period, but few teens I know are heading to bed at 8:30 to be ready to start their day at 6:30 the next morning. Teens and preteens are getting too little sleep across the board. The late nights of texting, playing online and even sports and part-time jobs make it hard to get the sleep you need and those tired mornings can show up in your grades.
But, if teachers were to allow students to lay down, stretch and sleep for a bit during the day, students would be better rested overall and they would wake up ready to perform a bit better as their bodies and minds would be sharper.
Allow the Brain Time to Process
Have you ever felt a certain degree of brain drain at the end of the day? Your brain is fresh at the beginning of the day following a decent amount of sleep the night before. But by the end of the day you have a hard time remembering anything and youíre less prone to even listen because your brain is maxed. This is very normal.
The human brain must have time to process learning if itís going to be stored away for future use. This means a time of rest would be hugely beneficial to your learning. Just lying still with your eyes closed for twenty minutes can make a big difference. Try taking a cat nap during your study sessions and you might be surprised to see just how much your brain can store away at a time Ė when you give it time to work effectively.
Allow Everyone Quiet Time
Schools are very noisy places. Shouting in the hallways and constant buzzing of chatter during classes can be very distracting. Having an hour of quiet will let your mind relax and help you become less stressed.
High levels of noise and constant activity can be very stressful, but getting away from noise for a time is a wonderful way to relax and look into your mind for troubled thoughts and ideas that need to be examined. Quiet time is the time of inspirations. Itís a shame schools havenít figured out a way to make naps possible. In the meantime, I shall continue to nap on the weekends at least. You can also try taking a nap for energy on hot summer days to avoid the hottest hours of the day.