Rested, Refreshed, Rejuvenated

            To quote Ke$ha, we should all “wake up in the morning feeling like P Diddy”. Assuming that that’s a good thing, waking up and feeling fresh can transform one’s day from an irritable and unproductive day into an energetic and productive day. Sleep is an undervalued asset in today’s hyperactive, digital age where the world is at our fingertips every minute of every hour.

            Just the other night – technically, the morning – after the Oscars, I called my grandmother. The deadline to purchase my summer’s Dave Matthews Band concert tickets was swiftly approaching and I needed to make a last minute purchase using her credit card (it was my 18th birthday gift). We got stuck talking about how disappointed I was that Meryl Streep won best actress over Viola Davis. The conversation quickly turned to how I was one of the few hoping that The Tree of Life would win best picture, and before I knew it, it was 2 a.m.

            She had not realized that I had to wake up for school the next morning with little chance to sleep. Although a hardworking woman, even she conceded that she might sleep a bit late because she needs the rest to reenergize. This need is not something that can disappear with the wave of a wand. Even Harry Potter needs to sleep. The only temporary cure is coffee or whatever wizards use to reenergize. As magical as Venti ice coffee, dark with skim milk can be, it does not make up for lost sleep. When I see about twenty percent of my fellow classmates walk into school with a caffeinated drink and find a vast majority of the remaining students dozing off in class – we have a problem.

            By overworking students, we are going to see a generation of overworked and unhealthy workers and parents. While school is supposed to educate students, it isn’t creating healthy students. In the Information Age, students are absorbing more knowledge and participating in more activities than we have ever seen.

            Let’s try to take one small step towards transforming our sleep-deprived culture. Let’s create healthier kids who are stronger both mentally and physically. Let’s cultivate a rested, refreshed, and rejuvenated generation.

           This all starts next week, March 5 to March 11, with National Sleep Awareness Week. Take the Sleep Challenge. Challenge yourself and others to unplug and unwind. You won’t lose a minute of sleep over it. 

 

Zak Malamed

RTN Student Leadership Board Co-Leader