As a teacher, I find that I am constantly telling children they need more sleep. I can’t even count the number of times per day I tell a student “put your head up”, or “sit-up”. Sleep is incredibly important for students. The amount of sleep a person gets affects everything from weight loss (or weight gain) to how much they will care about other people to how well a person thinks.
So how much sleep should a young adult get?
That depends. Scientists know that younger people need more sleep than adults. For example, babies need between 16 to 18 hours of sleep a day. For preschool children, the number changes to 11-12 hours. School-age children need about 10 hours and teenagers need about nine to 10 hours a night.
That means if you head off to school at around 7 am, which most of us do, a typical middle school student will have to be in bed by 9 pm.
What time do you go to bed at night? Do you find going to be earlier makes you happier? What keeps you up at night? Comment below.