Healthy Living Includes Lots of Sleeping

Healthy Living Includes Lots of Sleeping

A short excerpt from THE CARE & KEEPING OF US to share with your kids.

girl reading.jpg

Healthy living isn’t just about things you do while you’re awake. Sleeping is really important, too. Did you know that while you sleep, four big things happen:

1. You grow.

2. Your brain reorganizes information from the day so you can remember it better.

3. Your stress hormones drop so you can actually relax.

4. You get an emotional recharge so you feel happier, more energetic, and more able to deal with challenges.

Sometimes getting enough sleep is easier said than done. You might have a lot of homework, or want to catch up with friends after homework is done, or you might want to stay up late reading a great book. Even if you turn out the lights on time, you might lie awake because you’ve got something on your mind. You might also lie awake because of all your screen time that day. The light from computers and device screens stimulates your brain, waking it up and making it harder for you to fall asleep.

Here are my top ZZZ tips:

  1. Try to go to bed the same time every night.
  2. Turn off all screens at least an hour before bedtime (2 hours before is even better).
  3. Follow a routine before bed to train your brain to sleep. It can include a bath, reading something you like, or listening to soothing music or an audio book.

THE CARE & KEEPING OF US, page 18-19, published and copyrighted 2015 by American Girl Publishing. Illustration by Josee Masse. All rights reserved.