This article is long, but is too interesting to put you to sleep. Research is demonstrating how the brain can heal itself through an adequate amount of natural sleep. The medications which are currently available do not stimulate the brain activity of restorative sleep but new possibilities are being developed. We already know that sleep deprivation is one of the most effective means of torture. Research had demonstrated that our cognitive abilities decline with modest sleep deprivation and getting less sleep is associated with gaining weight. We now have indications that sleep is preventative to the disease process in Alzheimer’s. Sleep is not a luxury. It is a necessity in all animals in which it has been studied.
Newell C. Kephart was an important figure in the perceptuo-motor school of education and remediation. While education now places less emphasis on perceptuo-motor development, other than in special populations, it is still part of how processing is viewed by psychology and optometry. Occupational therapy and physical therapy have also become involved. Continue reading