Why You Need SleepThe average kid has a busy day. Theresschool, taking care of your pets, runningaround with friends, going to sportspractice or other activities, and doingyour homework. Phew! Its tiring justwriting it all down. By the end of theday, your body needs a break. Sleepallows your body to rest for the next day.
Time to get up.Brain Needs ZzzzzsNot only is sleep necessary for your body, itsimportant for your brain, too. Though no one isexactly sure what work the brain does whenyoure asleep, some scientists think that thebrain sorts through and stores information,replaces chemicals, and solves problems whileyou snooze.Most kids between 5 and 12 get about 9.5 hoursa night, but experts agree that most need 10 or11 hours each night. Sleep is an individual thingand some kids need more than others.
Get up3-6 Years Old: 10 - 12 hours per dayChildren at this age typically go to bed between7 and 9 p.m. and wake up around 6 and 8 a.m.,just as they did when they were younger. At 3,most children are still napping while at 5, mostare not. Naps gradually become shorter as well.New sleep problems do not usually developafter 3 years of age.
7-12 Years Old: 10 - 11 hours per dayAt these ages, with social, school, and familyactivities, bedtimes gradually become later andlater, with most 12-years-olds going to bed atabout 9 p.m. There is still a wide range ofbedtimes, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., as well as totalsleep times, from 9 to 12 hours, although theaverage is only about 9 hours.
Five more minutes12-18 Years Old: 8 - 9 hours per daySleep needs remain just as vital to health andwell-being for teenagers as when they wereyounger. It turns out that many teenagersactually may need more sleep than in previousyears. Now, however, social pressures conspireagainst getting the proper amount and quality ofsleep.