Sleep: Why it’s important
Did you know that young people need around 10 hours of sleep each night?
While the actual figures vary, experts say that young people aged 7-12 need 10-11 hours sleep a night whereas 12-18 year olds need less, at about 8-9 hours per night. Although you may not realise it, getting enough sleep is extremely important.
Here are some of the reasons why:
- Sleep gives you some of the energy you need for the activities you do during the day
- Researchers believe that not getting enough sleep could affect how your immune system works
- You might not be able to concentrate in school if you’re tired
So, you may not actually be getting the amount of sleep that you need. But what if you struggle to fall asleep? A lot of people do and studies have shown that 1 in 4 teenagers have trouble sleeping.
How you can get a better night’s sleep:
Switch off: Try to make your bedroom free of electronics. If you’re lay in bed on your phone or tablet, it will make you feel more awake, meaning that it will be harder for you to eventually fall asleep.
Get active during the day: The more active you are during the day then the more likely it is that you feel a bit more sleepy when it’s time to go to bed.
Have a consistent bed time: If you try and go to sleep at the same time every night then your body will get used to the routine and it will be easier to go to sleep.
Limit your caffeine intake: Try not to have any food or drink that contains high amounts of caffeine before you go to bed, otherwise you will feel more alert and awake.