The Connection Between Lack Of Sleep And A Shrinking Brain

Waldorf Principle Explored: 3-Day-Rhythm

If you embrace Waldorf education you have probably heard about the importance of the 3-day-rhythm. One of the central principles of this method is that allowing the child to “sleep on” a lesson will allow them to absorb the information more deeply and explore it more efficiently the following two days.

Huffington Post

While all of our brains get smaller as we get older, a startling new study shows that the amount of sleep we get — or the lack thereof — could affect how fast they shrink, particularly in people over 60 years old.

“We found that sleep difficulties (for example, trouble falling asleep, waking up during the night, or waking up too early) were associated with an increased rate of decline in brain volume over 3 [to] 5 years,” lead researcher Claire Sexton, DPhil, with the University of Oxford, wrote in an email to The Huffington Post.

Read the full article at The Huffington Post

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This is part of our “Waldorf Education in the News” series. We use this series of posts to direct you to news relating to Waldorf educational principles highlighted in the news or supported by scientific studies. To see more articles like this click the “Waldorf in the News” link to the right. You can use this series to gain more insight yourself or help others understand why you choose Waldorf education for your child.

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