Why Is Sleep Important?

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Why is Sleep important? The average amount of sleep that teenagers get is between 7 and 7 ¼ hours. However, it’s recommended that between 9 and 9 ½ hours of sleep each night is needed to function best.

So what’s the big deal with doing a couple of all-nighters?

While there is nothing wrong with a few late nights, not getting enough sleep on a regular basis, can cause illness, poor sleeping patterns and lead to getting angry or annoyed easily. It can also make you eat junk and increase your stress level.

Sleep is super important, so make sure you’re getting enough to stay happy, healthy and alert!

There is a great piece on the BBC’s ‘Terrific Scientific’ website all about the benefits of sleep, created with help from Dr Christopher-James Harvey, Education and Outreach Officer at the Sleep and Circadian Neurosciences Institute, The University of Oxford. Check it out!

Top Tips For A Better Sleep

  • Keep your lights dim or turn them off at night
  • Reduce the amount of caffeine (often found in coffee, tea and fizzy drinks) Try a warm milky drink or herbal tea instead?
  • Avoid stimulating activities like listening to loud music, playing computer games and of course your phone! (For about an hour or more before bed.)
  • Don’t eat too much too late, but don’t go to bed hungry, either!
  • If stress or exam nerves are keeping you awake, calming foods like warm milk, meditation and relaxation exercises can help. Or try a warm bath before bed.
  • Too much junk-food diet, too little exercise, smoking and alcohol will only make sleep more difficult. So try and encourage a healthy lifestyle.