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Mike currently works as a Senior Resource Consultant on our Candidate Management team. He registers teachers and support staff to work with Protocol Education. Before this, he worked in a primary school as a learning support assistant for a year; then a classroom assistant for three years; followed by his PGCE and finally his NQT, teaching Year 2. 

Here Mike discusses the effects of working in schools on sleep patterns. Maybe this blog explains why he now works in an office environment!

As an ex-teacher, I still have to deal with a lack of sleep but certainly nothing like when I was in charge of 30 pupils. However, now sleep deprivation is all my own fault.

So, what do you do? ‘Power’ on through the next day? Rely on coffee/energy drinks again? Listen to whale song? Count sheep?

We’ve all been there. Lying in bed, eyes closed, aware that it’s gone 2am, and even more aware that the dreaded alarm is set to go off in less than 4 hours. No matter what you do, the charms of sleep are not attracting you.

You’ve already been awake since 6am the day before, so that’s a good 20 hours (and the word ‘good’ is used there in the pejorative sense) of being awake. 20 hours of commuting, working, commuting again, potentially continuing working, and maybe, just maybe some relaxing. So you should be absolutely knackered. But no, your mind still races, you keep telling yourself, “Okay, if I fall asleep now, I’ll get ...”

However, Ofsted inspectors are visiting/the headteacher is going on a learning walk/due to being tired yesterday you’ve consumed your weight in caffeine today/that one pupil is coming back from their absence/your class is visiting the crash test dummy factory/it’s just another normal day but the sandman is not visiting. A nightmare without the added benefit of catching 40 winks at the same time.

So, what do you do? ‘Power’ on through the next day? Rely on coffee/energy drinks again? Listen to whale song? Count sheep? Get out of bed and go through the going to bed routine again to trick your brain/body? Sleeping pills? Give up and catch up on the latest TV show?

Whatever it is, you better hope it works or that lack of sleep will creep up on you soon and before you know it, you’ve slept through the entire half-term holiday and now have  a load of marking to catch up on, meaning you can’t sleep tonight!

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