Slangry? What’s slangry?cats-9876-Edit

Slangry is sleepy and angry. Anger and lack of emotional control brought on by lack of sleep. I know quite a few of you that do not experience this but I certainly do. Avoiding being slangry actually rules my life.

According to an article in Health Magazine this month, scientists at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center studied brain activity of adult with amounts levels of sleep. They that “we’re not able to regulate our emotional responses without sleep”.

I could have told you that and saved a couple hundred thousand dollars. If I get less than 7 hours of sleep, I am almost unable to function: I get a mild fever, I cannot think or process my thoughts well, I am unable to manage my emotions, and I feel physically drained.

Recently, I had trouble sleeping for 3 nights and by that third day, my ability to work was greatly diminished.  It took every ounce of energy I had to get through the day. Luckily, I was able to sleep on the fourth night and was back in the swing of things.

I dont think the amount of sleep matters because we all sleep differently. I toss and turn all night so I need more hours to get enough deep or REM sleep. While I know others who can function on far less, probably because they actually sleep more efficiently and deeply.

In any case, sleep and feeling refreshed is important for mental and physical health. According to the NIH (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute), a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services, sleep plays an important role in your physical health, safety, and quality of life. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. For more information you can click HERE to read about the importance of sleep on the NIH website.

So get enough sleep.

Don’t be slangy.

If you are a parent, be a good role model and help your students get enough sleep.

Sleep…it’s a good thing.


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