Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory and makes you more creative. It makes you look more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and the flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll even feel happier, less depressed, and less anxious. Are you interested?” (p. 107).
Take a second to guess what the miracle remedy is.
. . .
Yes, a full-night’s sleep.
I used to think that student-athletes were lazy for avoiding 8 a.m. classes. I thought they were irresponsible if they couldn’t go to bed early enough to be ready for 6 a.m. practices. Now I know better. Researchers have proven that the circadian rhythm of an adolescent brain is much different than an adult’s (p. 93).
If left unperturbed, it’s normal for a college student to sleep from 2am-10am or 3am-11am. This calls into question a host of societal structures, foremost among them early school start times.
If you’re unable to get a full-night’s sleep, something needs to change. I do not use the word need lightly.