Why is sleep so important?
- Sleep is a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
- Healthy Brain Function and Emotional Well-Being
- Studies have shown that a good night’s sleep improves learning
- Helps you pay attention, make decisions, and be creative
- Sleep deficiency has been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior.
- Children and teens who are sleep deficient may have problems getting along with others, feel angry or impulsive, have mood swings, problems paying attention, and may get lower grades and feel stressed.
- Physical Health
- Sleep is involved in healing and repair
- Sleep deficiency increases risk of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and kidney disease.
- Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of hormones
- Helps support a healthy and strong immune system.
- Daytime Performance and Safety
- People who are sleep deficient are less productive at work and school. They take longer to finish tasks, have a slower reaction time, and make more mistakes
How Much Sleep is enough?
- School Aged Kids: at least 10 hours
- Teens : 9-10 hours
- Adults: 6-8 hours
Strategies for Getting Enough Sleep
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday
- Use the hour before bed for quiet time
- Avoid heavy and/ or large meals within a couple hours of bedtime
- Avoid caffeine and nicotine
- Spend time outside everyday
- Keep bedroom quiet, cool, and dark
- Take a hot bath or use relaxation techniques before bed
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