“Get plenty of sleep”
-Kelly Hill, 18 year reporter
When asked what her top tips for reporters are, this is just one of the tips that Kelly wanted to share with her colleagues. That is great advice, not only for reporters but, for everyone. Why is sleep so important? Sleep is essential to our mental, physical and emotional well-being. It also can protect our quality of life and safety.
Sleep helps your brain work properly. During sleep the neurons in your brain fire nearly as much as they do while you are awake. So the hours that we rest are extremely important to many of our brain and cognitive functions.
When we are asleep our brain processes information and prepares for actions . In effect, we are making decisions while unconscious. So the saying “sleep on it” has actual scientific validation.
Sleep also plays an important role in learning. Dr. Matthew Walker, a Berkeley sleep researcher says “…sleep before learning helps prepare your brain for initial formation of memories. And then, sleep after learning is essential to help save and cement that new information into the architecture of the brain, meaning you’re less likely to forget it.” As with most legal professionals, court reporters learn new things with every job they take, and their skills become a more deeply engrained part of them. While you are sleeping, your brain actually learns and remembers how to perform physical tasks. The brain stores information during REM sleep that can be particularly helpful for storing information related to motor tasks. This is particularly helpful for court reporters, as their fine motor skills help them record depositions at speeds surpassing 225 words per minute!
Sleep also affects us physically. While we are asleep our bodies heal and repair our heart and blood vessels. With the proper amount of sleep, our body can maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make us feel hungry or full. One hormone released during sleep boosts muscle mass and helps repair cells and tissues. A 2010 study determined that people even looked more attractive after getting enough sleep. Your immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy. Nobody wants to be sick during a big case whether you are the court reporter, attorney, judge or jury.
Getting enough quality sleep helps us function throughout the day. Lack of sleep may lead to microsleep. Microsleep refers to brief moments of sleep that occur when one is normally awake. It can’t be controlled, and a person might not even be aware that it’s happening but it definitely affects how someone functions. If someone is experiencing microsleep, they can miss vital information or feel like they don’t understand things. That is not something that can happen to court reporters when they need to be alert to recording the record at or above 98% accuracy. What would happen if an attorney missed vital information on an important case?
Kelly may not even have realized how right she was that court reporters (and the rest of us) need to get enough quality sleep, but it is great advice to acquire peak performance professionally and achieve our best quality of life.
Article written by Michelle Cady-Cook. She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company). She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals, and is currently serving as Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee and Chair of the Follow Up Committee for the National Network of Reporting Companies (NNRC). She has been officially involved in the legal community for over 10 years. Within the framework of Cady Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court reporting firms across the country to continually improve the practice of litigation.
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5 Amazing Things Your Brain Does While You Sleep http://huff.to/1pCS8Ol
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute http://1.usa.gov/1zdBlfa