In the Michael Jackson trial a noted sleep doctor said,
“Like a computer, the brain has to go offline to maintain cells that we keep for life, since we don’t make more,” he said. “Sleep is the repair and maintenance of the brain cells.”
An adult should get 7-8 hours of sleep each night to allow for enough sleep cycles, he said.
You “prune out” unimportant neuron connections and consolidate important ones during your “slow eyed sleep” each night, he said. Those connections — which is the information you have acquired during the day — are consolidated by the REM sleep cycle. Your eyes actually dart back and forth rapidly during REM sleep.
“In REM, we are integrating the memories that we have stored during slow eyed sleep, integrating memories with previous life experiences.” he said. “We are able to make sense of things that we may not have understood while awake.
Is it possible that the problem with education is sleep deprivation rather than curriculum, teachers, length of the school year, length of the school day, start times, etc…… . Is anyone old enough to remember that 8:00 PM was bedtime on a school night? Does anyone follow that rule now? As an ex-middle school teacher I can testify that few do at that age level! Could something so simple yet so intuitive be the real basis of educational difficulties for both students and teachers? I would venture a guess that today, particularly in middle and high school most school teachers are in bed sleeping before many of their students even consider that possibility.