SLEEP & RESPONSIBILITY FOR ONE'S OWN HEALTH
Mr. Jordan agrees that regular daily routine, indeed, is very important: "The big question is how many hours of sleep people actually need. 7-9 hours should be good for teenagers, but it can vary depending on the individual. Any less than that can seriously impair your health and your ability to learn. I think the first step is to create a schedule. Decide at what time you need to wake up, and then rewind the clock by 8 hours. Do it nightly and do the same thing everyday, so that your body knows your schedule," he suggests.
The Residential Life Team at CIS has created a schedule for the students a long time ago. The kids have to be in their beds at 11 pm, and this rule is followed very strictly on working days. "We make rounds every 30 minutes, starting at 10 pm. It is very important for us to calm the students down, to make them stop using their technology, listening to loud music and disturbing others," Mr. Denis Vaitsekhovskii, Boys' Dorm Supervisor says.
"We want our students to be responsible, but we do not want them to forget about the importance of sleep. That is why we regularly organize meetings with the Emotional Counselor and ask him to inform students about it. The dorm supervisors also mention this during their regular dorm meetings on Sundays from time to time," Mrs. Kondrateva says.
On weekends, students have more freedom: even though the members of the Residential Life Team still do regular rounds in the dorms on Fridays and Saturdays, students are not required to go to sleep by 11 pm on these days. They may choose the time to go to bed independently, since they do not have to wake up early; however, they are still supposed to be very quiet in case someone else is asleep in the dorms.
"I think it is important to provide students with some freedom, so we allow the students to build their own schedules on weekends. Hopefully, soon they will recognize the importance of sleep and will act responsibly, taking care of their sleeping habits and their own health," Mrs. Kondrateva says. To conclude, Mr Jordan's statement clearly sums up the importance of sleep - "If the students want to see themselves be the best academically, physically, and emotionally the best thing they can do is to get enough sleep".