It is a programme approved by the European Parliament from 2014 to 2020, starting in January 2014.
The new programme Erasmus + is part of the Europe Strategy 2020, in relation with Education and Formation 2020 and the Rethinking Education Strategy, which involves initiatives in education, formation, youth and sport.
Education: it covers pre-school, primary school, secondary school, professional school, higher education and adult formation.
- Erasmus + includes the current programmes within the Permanent Learning Programmes and the current Higher Education Programmes: Mundus, Tempus, ALFA, Edulink and bilateral programmes, as well as Youth in Action.
- This new programme focuses on formal and informal learning beyond the European Union with a clear aim: internationalization. It intends to open to third countries in order to improve educational and formative abilities, to succeed in future employability for students, teachers and workers.
Benefits of Sleep
It improves memory
Your mind is surprisingly busy while you snooze. During sleep you can strengthen memories or «practice» skills learned while you were awake (it’s a process called consolidation).
If you are trying to learn something, whether it’s physical or mental, you learn it to a certain point with practice, but something happens while you sleep that makes you learn it better.
In other words if you’re trying to learn something new—whether it’s Spanish or a new tennis swing—you’ll perform better after sleeping.
It stimulates creativity
Get a good night’s sleep before getting out the pen and paper. In addition to consolidating memories, or making them stronger, your brain appears to reorganize and restructure them, which may result in more creativity as well.
Researchers at Harvard University and Boston College found that people seem to strengthen the emotional components of a recollection during sleep, which may help encourage the creative process.
It improves your grades
Children between the ages of 10 and 17 who have sleep disordered breathing, which includes snoring, sleep apnea, and other types of interrupted breathing during sleep, are more likely to have problems with attention and learning, according to a 2010 study in the journal Sleep. This could lead to «significant functional impairment at school,» the study authors wrote. In another study, college students who didn’t get enough sleep had worse grades than those who did. This is explained by the fact that severe and persistent sleep deprivation impairs learning.
It sharpens attention
A lack of sleep can result in symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in kids. Kids don’t react the same way to sleep deprivation as adults do. Whereas adults get sleepy, kids tend to get hyperactive. A 2009 study in the journal Pediatrics found that children aged seven and eight who got less than about eight hours of sleep a night were more likely to be hyperactive, inattentive, and impulsive. Doctors diagnose and measure sleep by measuring electrical changes in the brain, so it’s not surprising how sleep affects the brain.
It lowers stress
When it comes to our health stress and sleep are interwoven, and both can affect cardiovascular health. Sleep can definitely reduce levels of stress, and with that people can have better control of their blood pressure. It’s also believed that sleep effects cholesterol levels, which plays a significant role in heart disease.
It steers clear of depression
Sleeping well means more to our overall well-being than simply avoiding irritability. A lack of sleep can contribute to depression, on the contrary a good night’s sleep can really help a moody person decrease their anxiety. You get more emotional stability with good sleep.