Welcome back welcome back…. to Saturdays with Shal. This weekend I wanted to touch on the importance of sleep, and I feel this is fitting considering we are deep into midterm season and project crits. Wow, funny that “crits” just autocorrected to “cries”. Anyway, its no secret Arch and Vis students miss out on sleep. Our studio work causes us to work long hours to achieve tight deadlines, which in turn causes us to cut into sleep time. But sometimes it's not just school work that ruins our sleeps. The Canadian Sleep Society claims that "To get healthy sleep, people need to pay attention to ‘sleep hygiene,’ which refers to behaviours that encourage sleep. These include: sticking to a regular bedtime schedule seven nights a week; following a bedtime routine such as brushing teeth; not consuming caffeine and other stimulants; refraining from napping more than 20 minutes during the day; and avoiding cellphone, computer and TV screens just before bedtime.” (www.canadiansleepsociety.ca). Now, if you’re like me, you break every single one of these rules at least 5 times a week. But I challenge you to do better! (and in turn I’ll do the same). Below I have provided some resources for healthy sleep. Effective time management is the key to avoiding those long nights - and I’ll get into tips on healthy time management in the upcoming weeks. But for now, lets put the pencil down and trade it for a pillow! Your sleep-deprived body will thank me. I’ll see ya next Saturday, keep it classy Daniels.