The Frost Stops the Rice Grows

Lustenberger Cheese Factory, Hunenberg, CH
  • Sleep is ridiculously important to humans (as an animal). If it wasn’t, we wouldn’t devote on average 8 hours a night to it, especially as it requires us to be in a vulnerable catatonic state.
  • Sleep gives us benefits at the cellular level, and can ward off all sorts of illnesses.
  • Our brain is very active when we are asleep. It’s sorting out what happened to us that day, deciding what to put in short-term memory, what to put in long-term memory, and what to forget (most of it).
  • Short-sleepers (those who need only 5 hours a night) are rare (like 10% of the population), so be wary of your child saying “I don’t need sleep”.
  • Sleep debt is a thing. When you chronically under-sleep, you build up this debt, carrying it around, which means that you cannot sacrifice sleep all week and expect to resolve it by sleeping in on the weekends.
  • Teenagers need more sleep than they did as younger children, or as they’ll need when adults. It’s hormonal.
  1. You’ve worked hard all year to do well in school and do well on your exams. So let’s talk about how to put you in the best position to ace your exams.
  2. You will have a choice the night before an exam to study a little more, or, get an extra hour or two of sleep.
  3. Please choose the latter. Why? It’s simple. Your brain needs sleep to take what you know and make it accessible to you the next day. If your brain doesn’t get enough sleep, you will be unable to remember what you’ve already learned. You’ll be unable to think and problem solve to your best capability. You’ll have brain fog from the fatigue. What a shame that will be!
  4. I know it’s counterintuitive to say “study a bit less, and sleep instead”, but try it out. Trust those adults around you who have learned this lesson before you.
  5. And one more thing, on test nights, place your phone far away from your pillow, and turn on airplane mode. You can’t afford to have bluelight or notifications disrupting your sleep.
  6. Finally, here’s a routine you might find helpful.



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Paul Richards

Paul Richards


Having some fun blogging, taking the writing seriously, but not myself.