Sleep, or rather the lack of it

Mrs Varma led today’s assembly about lack of sleep, and the effect that it can have on us. Here are some interesting facts that she shared with us:

Did you know…?

  • During sleep important growth hormones are released which helps your physical and mental development.
  • People who don’t sleep enough tend to have more ghrelin hormone which increases the feelings of hunger.
  • People who sleep less than 5/6 hours per night are more likely to suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems.

How much sleep do we need?

  • Most teenagers need between 8 and 9 hours sleep each day to function at their best.
  • Most adults need an average of 7 to 8 hours sleep.

We also learned some interesting facts about sleep, such as how much sleep animals need! (giraffes only need 1.9 hours of sleep each day, while a python needs 18 hours sleep)

Professor Chris Idzikowski, Director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, has identified six common sleeping positions – and he claims that each one is linked to a particular personality type.

The most common position people sleep is The Foetus: Those who curl up in the foetus position are described as tough on the outside but sensitive at heart. They may be shy when they first meet somebody, but soon relax. 41% of the 1,000 people who took part in the survey slept like this.

Log (15%): Lying on your side with both arms down by your side. These sleepers are easy going, social people who like being part of the in-crowd, and who are trusting of strangers. However, they may be gullible.

The yearner (13%): People who sleep on their side with both arms out in front are said to have an open nature, but can be suspicious, cynical. They are slow to make up their minds, but once they have taken a decision, they are unlikely ever to change it.

Soldier (8%): Lying on your back with both arms pinned to your sides. People who sleep in this position are generally quiet and reserved. They don’t like a fuss, but set themselves and others high standards.

Freefall (7%): Lying on your front with your hands around the pillow, and your head turned to one side. They are often gregarious and brash people, but can be nervy and thin-skinned underneath, and don’t like criticism, or extreme situations.

Starfish (5%): Lying on your back with both arms up around the pillow. These sleepers make good friends because they are always ready to listen to others, and offer help when needed. They generally don’t like to be the centre of attention.

Mrs Varma ended her assembly with some useful tips for healthy sleeping:

  • Sleep time: go to bed at roughly the same time everyday
  • Wake-up time: wake-up at roughly the same time everyday
  • Wind down: relax before you go to sleep (for about 1 hour)
  • Use bed only for sleep: go to bed to sleep – limit gadgets and screens in the bedroom!
  • Exercise: improves the quality of your sleep as well as your mental and physical health (but not for 2 hours before you sleep)
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