Sleep deprivation in the U.S. is a true thing. It is bad when teachers can’t sleep and then have to be all bright eyed and bushytailed in the morning, especially since our work with stories requires cheerfulness, even fake cheerfulness (fake it ’till you make it…) to be effective.
I don’t sleep much at all. I usually wake up at 2:00 a.m. and then go back to sleep around 4:30 or 5:00 a.m. I always thought something was wrong with me. But I just read an article that, if you have trouble sleeping, may help how you perceive the problem in a more positive way:
2 thoughts on “Two Sleeps”
After having done it for so long, I’ve also read that taking a 10 minute nap in the afternoon is very helpful. I like to put 3 classroom chairs together and lay over them, right after the last bell of the day and the janitor has passed through with her broom.
Sean those ten minute naps, I am certain, are taken under the proud gaze of the angels assigned to school buildings after another day at ground zero. I personally think that their numbers have been increased by a lot lately, as we have needed them more and more. I have spent many planning periods, since I never did plan, even before I even heard about this new work, with a Petit Robert under my head lying next to a safe wall with a scarf or something over my eyes somewhere in South Carolina or Colorado. It was hard to “go deep” in such situations, but sometimes, having spent the previous night worrying about things instead of sleeping, I just had to. I am sure people can relate….