Why Is Sleep So Important?

Today is World Sleep Day! It is important to get enough sleep so that we can remain healthy, clear-minded, and ready to learn. Healthy adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night, and young children and teens need even more! Research shows that getting enough sleep is important for immunity, stress reduction, and also for helping you to think more clearly at work or to learn better at school. Celebrate Sleep Day by getting a restful sleep. You can practice getting a good night’s sleep by following some of these tips:

  1. Stop using electronic devices one hour before bedtime.
  2. Put your devices in another room rather than keep them in your bedroom.
  3. An hour before bedtime, start dimming the room lights slowly to release melatonin, which promotes relaxation and calmness in your body.
  4. An hour before bedtime, choose an activity or start a nighttime routine that your brain will find predictable. You could watch a tv show you love, read a book, or listen to music.
  5. Count sheep until…..zzzz!