Tackling Test Stress Tip 9: Sweet Dreams

Every site I have found that focuses on test stress relief seems to have “get a good night’s sleep” as one of the top suggestions. I’ve read in a few places that students who get six hours or less of sleep may be less sharp mentally because of a sleep deficit. This can negatively affect performance on tests (even if students spent those missed hours of sleep studying.) Encourage your students to go to be early during testing and exams. Just getting a good night of sleep can reduce test stress,  may improve performance, and will help your students avoid those desk induced sleep lines.

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  1. Scott Erickson said:

    I think that having a 16 month old helps me put it into perspective. I feel like I’m running all day long to meet his needs, thinking he is always on the go, but when I think about it, he is still sleeping 12 hours a day. Sleep, obviously, is very important for the development of minds.
    On top of the lack of a good night’s sleep, I think that most families tend to feel rushed in the morning because we tend to try to get every last minute…possibly because we stay up later than necessary at times. It is the person who calls themself a “morning person” that I admire because I am not, but I must admit that when I do not have to be the “night owl” that I am capable of being, I usually get a better night’s rest and have a smoother day the next.

  2. Laurie Howarth said:

    I think it would be a good idea to limit visually stimulating video games before bedtime as well. I think students need to set a time that the games and violent television shows should be cut-off an hour or two before bedtime. This will give their minds a chance to relax before going to bed. I find with my son that he has a hard time falling asleep right after playing them.

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