The gradual and cumulative sleep deprivation that many students endure not only makes them too tired to focus well but also hampers memory consolidation and motivation. If we really want to improve school performance and graduation rates, we cannot afford to overlook something as basic and critical as sleep. Additionally, if we want to make an impact on both the physical and mental health of individuals in our society (which impacts mortality rates, health care, health insurance rates, the aging process, etc.), we need to begin by educating our youth about the relevance of sleep.
Gary R. Plaford, an MSW, LCSW-licensed social worker, served for twenty years as director of social services for the Monroe County Community School Corporation. He authored Bullying and the Brain and currently teaches at Indiana University and lectures at conferences.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Stages of Sleep: What's It All About? Chapter 3 Sleep and Healthy: The Immune System, Sleep Apnea, ADHD, etc. Chapter 4 Sleep and Memory: What Is Memory and How Is It Stored? Chapter 5 Functions of REM Sleep: REM Sleep and Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder Chapter 6 Dreams and REM Sleep: What Are Dreams and Why Do We Have Them? Chapter 7 The Impact of Stress on Sleep: The Four Conditions of Stress and What Happens in the Brain during Stress Chapter 8 Managing Stress: Understanding Emotions and Brain Functioning Chapter 9 Improving Sleep: Some Basic Techniques for Stress Reduction Chapter 10 Specific Strategies for Improving the Quantity and Quality of Sleep: Using the Senses Chapter 11 The How, When, and Why of Napping: Creating the Perfect Nap Chapter 12 Sleep and Our Society: High School, Graduation Rates-Where Are We Headed?