Fighting Sleepless Zombies in the Classroom

Guest Post by Jay Cooper

Teachers have a tough time making the light go on in students’ heads when the light didn’t go off in their bedroom or living room the night before.

Countless extracurricular activities, after-school jobs and the lure of video games or online activities are causing a growing number of students to roll into class without enough sleep. Inadequate sleep leads to decreased mental aptitude and memory loss, and undoubtedly plays a factor in a student’s performance in the classroom.

As the new school year starts, the Better Sleep Council (BSC) is asking teachers to partner with it and help encourage students to get their sleep on a good mattress – not on their desks.

The BSC has set up a web site and Facebook page encouraging students to “Stop Zombieitis,” and is even reaching out to students late at night on Twitter to encourage them to get a good night’s sleep. Rather than lecturing students on sleep in a way that will make them tune out and ignore the message, the Stop Zombieitis campaign is geared toward high school and middle school students, reminding them in a more entertaining manner to get their sleep so they aren’t zombies roaming school hallways.

The website explains the signs of Zombieitis and directs students to other resources that discuss the importance of sleep and provide helpful tips for getting quality sleep. The site even includes a function that allows teachers or parents to “report a zombie” in their classroom, a light-hearted way to nudge students who are falling asleep in class to get more adequate rest.

The Facebook page shares quizzes and other messages that help students determine if they are getting enough sleep, and encouraging them to do so each night.

The BSC is asking teachers to check out the Facebook page and website themselves, and share it with students. This way, we can all work toward a more well-rested student body that performs better in the classroom.

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