Part of Duchesne's work with Challenge Success has been to focus on how improving the amount and quality of sleep our students get will also improve their overall academic performance. Watch this TED Talk from sleep scientist Matt Walker to understand why sleep is so important for brain function.
From the talk description: "Sleep is your life-support system and Mother Nature's best effort yet at immortality, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this deep dive into the science of slumber, Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when you get sleep — and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don't, for both your brain and body. Learn more about sleep's impact on your learning, memory, immune system and even your genetic code — as well as some helpful tips for getting some shut-eye."