Wellbeing: The Importance of Sleep

Are you getting a good night’s rest? How many hours per night are you sleeping? Experts suggested that children between 13 and 18 years of age should sleep 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health. The first thing to understand is that teenagers are still growing, their brains are still developing and thus need more hours of sleep than adults. Using electronic devices before bed and during the night increases the risk for shorter sleep time. Research shows that physical activity and avoiding screens before bed are both strategies to promote earlier bedtimes and protect teenagers’ sleep. All these interesting facts were discussed during our Wellbeing session this Friday. It is important for the girls to understand that a good night’s rest can increase their mental and physical health thus performing their full potential in school. These issues and many more were discussed while the girls have started filling in their Sleep Diaries where they will be monitoring their sleep routines each morning and night for a week.