Why Is Sleep Important? - Bangkok Prep

Why Is Sleep Important?

Did you know that for an adult getting less than 6-7 hours a night “demolishes your immune system, more than doubling your risk of cancer.” Mathew Walker 2017.

That’s not all- short sleeping (getting less than the necessary amount) increases the risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. On top of this there are significant cognitive, learning and mood consequences of not getting enough sleep.

So what is sleep and what is it for?

Sleep is a natural state of rest during which your eyes are closed and you become unconscious. This allows lots of important bodily functions to take place. The powers of the body are restored and the brain is able to do work it has little time for during the day.

We sleep naturally when the sleep hormone serotonin is emitted which helps us to sleep. Serotonin is triggered at night (circadian rhythms). A sleep pressure system also builds the longer we are awake, by the time we go to bed these two systems should work together to make us fall asleep. Long naps deplete the pressure system and are not restorative-don’t nap after 3pm and avoid long naps during the day.

We go through many stages of sleep over a night-time. Once we go through the stages we repeat and progress through the cycle. Our sleep gets deeper and more restorative as we progress through each cycle.

How Much Sleep Should You Be Getting?

The amount of sleep you need decreases with age but teenagers need 9 to 9 1/2 hours per night and adults a minimum of 8 this is because when we sleep many important jobs are carried out in the body and brain.

So what happens at night?

  • Repair of cell damage-our immune system is repaired and reinforced during a long period of intense rest.
  • The body’s energy reserves are replenished.
  • Hormones- growth hormones are released for normal development
  • Metabolism regulation- our metabolism is set to burn calories efficiently.

In other words if we are not getting enough sleep we can be prone to infection and disease. Poor sleep also is also linked to the epidemic of obesity.

Memory When we sleep several cognitive functions are activated, one of the most important being memory. What we have learned gets filed into our long-term memory so we can retrieve it later. When asleep we rehearse procedures (patterns) that we have learned during the day (this is very important for learning mathematics, languages, sports, music.) these are activated in our procedural memory. It goes without saying that memory is a hugely important aspect of learning. Good students get adequate amounts of sleep so their brains are able to rehearse and file all they have learned throughout the day. Effective students do not stay up all night working!

What are the consequences of not getting enough sleep?

  • Hard to remember-because our filing system has not been organised
  • Low mood, poor behaviour or depression-poor sleep leads to a loss of perspective
  • Our Focus decreases so we suffer from poor concentration
  • Stress-our ability to deal with stressful situations decreases, we are prone to greater levels of
  • Slow metabolism-our metabolism doesn’t function as well, not getting enough sleep is linked to obesity.
  • Delayed growth and puberty. Sleep deprivation can lead to poor functioning of the endocrine (hormone) system
  • Poor immune system – not adequately repaired, we get sick more easily.

Next week we will look at sleep hygiene or good habits to ensure we get a good night’s sleep.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me




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The Head of Primary at Bangkok Prep emphasizes the importance of primary education in shaping students’ lives academically and socially. The school aims to prepare global citizens capable of facing life’s challenges in an ever-changing world. With a dedicated team of educators, Bangkok Prep sets high standards, encouraging students to dream big and work hard towards their goals.

Aligned with the National Curriculum of England and Wales, the school’s curriculum is adapted to reflect Thai culture and society. Teaching follows an innovative thematic approach, integrating real-life contexts with academic rigor to develop well-rounded individuals. Learning is personalized to cater to diverse abilities and talents, fostering mutual respect, trust, and inclusivity.

Bangkok Prep’s primary curriculum extends beyond statutory requirements, focusing on engaging cross-curricular themes to facilitate high-quality learning. Emphasizing active and interactive learning experiences, the curriculum encourages exploration, questioning, and collaboration. The school aims to nurture students’ curiosity, helping them discover lifelong passions and talents while preparing them for a fulfilling future.

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When choosing Bangkok Prep for your child, you’re welcomed into the school family, ensuring a warm and supportive environment. The admissions process begins with completing a brief enquiry form, followed by an invitation for an introductory visit and tour. Conveniently located on Sukhumvit 77, Bangkok Prep offers both Primary and Secondary campuses. Upon deciding on Bangkok Prep, applicants submit their application form and required documents. Assessment sessions are then scheduled based on the applicant’s year level, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours. The assessment includes various activities and tests tailored to different age groups. After assessment, the admissions team evaluates the application and notifies the family of the decision within 1-2 weeks. Successful applicants receive a formal offer letter and an invoice for initial fees, including placement, security, and registration fees, which must be paid within the specified timeframe to secure the child’s place.

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At Bangkok Prep, the Early Years curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage framework of England, emphasizing thematic topics and child-led learning for a stimulating and enjoyable school experience. It nurtures learning through play and focuses on developing concepts, skills, and positive attitudes across various areas including personal, social, emotional, communication, language, physical, literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design. The curriculum prioritizes individualized learning, ensuring continuous progress while maintaining confidence and a can-do attitude. Specialist sessions in Thai language and culture, music, library, physical education, and swimming further enhance learning opportunities. Supervised by native English teachers and Thai-speaking teaching assistants, children immerse in language acquisition through the immersion method, preparing them for the international community. The Early Years program prioritizes outdoor learning environments, valuing them as essential for children’s wellbeing and development. It serves as ideal preparation for the transition into primary school and provides resources for parents on the Foundation Years website.

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Bangkok Prep prides itself on being a distinct international secondary school in Bangkok, prioritizing student needs and providing a stimulating learning environment. Central to this is the pastoral system, where each student is assigned to a tutor group led by a Form Tutor, ensuring personalized care and support. The curriculum evolves to meet students’ changing needs, offering a core curriculum supplemented by option subjects as students mature. Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) focuses on a broad curriculum adapted from the English National Curriculum, fostering personal growth. In Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11), students choose option subjects alongside a core curriculum, culminating in IGCSE examinations. Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) sees students specialize in Advanced Level courses while also engaging in a core curriculum and receiving support for university applications. Bangkok Prep fosters a warm, inclusive community and actively participates in regional competitions and events. The school encourages student involvement and leadership, ensuring a thriving learning environment. Contact information is provided for further inquiries.

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