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I never have problem with my teaching even though I lack on sleeping. Some my friend told me about this kind of Body pillow to sleep like a baby even though it's short, but I just don't want to waste my money as long as I can teach very well :)
Sleeping seven hours per night, plus meditating twice a day mean the difference between an effective and ineffective day in class for me. I've been doing both for decades and would have quit teaching long ago without the benefits of regular meditation. I recommend it highly.
We all know that adolescents suffer from schools starting too early. Now we see the affects it has on teachers, too. We need to break down the barriers and move all schools to later start times.
Not only are teachers often zombies from lack of sleep, students, particularly high school students, who biologically have a late night sleep cycle, come into school half awake. We would see achievement improve greatly is we modified our school schedules to fit adolescent and adult sleep cycles.
When I am tired, I don't think as well, and I tend to be short-tempered about things that are normal daily occurrences. If sleep deprivation affects us as teachers, think what it does for our students. Many times there are circumstances at home that interfere with their sleep. We need to be sensitive of what is affecting our students' sleep. It is easy to recognize if there is a community tragedy or a death in a family; but we need to be aware of what is going on at home too. Sometimes their journals which my students do through their blog can be an indicator of a problem.