Secrets To A Good Night...Of Sleep

secrets to a good night...of sleep!

Excerpted from pages 96-97 of GUY STUFF. Published and copyrighted 2017 by American Girl Publishing. All rights reserved.

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Sleep is your body’s way of recharging and rebuilding. So get to it!

A lot of things are happening when you sleep: your body grows; your brain files away memories into long-term storage so you can remember new things better; and your mood is reset so you feel rested and refreshed. None of these things happen in just 10 minutes. Here are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep:

  • Watch the clock. Get up in the morning and go to bed at night around the same time every day, at least during the school week, but also on the weekends too.
  • Develop a routine before bed. This tells your body that it’s time to go to sleep. Wash your face, brush your teeth, floss, and then get into bed and read or listen to music or write in a journal. Try to repeat this pattern every night around the same time.
  • Exercise. Exercise during the day really does help you sleep at night. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime or you might have trouble winding down.
  • Watch what you drink. Especially in the evening, stay away from caffeine, which is in a lot of sodas, teas, coffee, and chocolate. It can make you feel jumpy and wide awake.
  • Shut down screens. At least an hour (better yet, two hours) before bed. Light from the screen tells your brain to wake up, and this can really mess with your body’s internal clock.

Most kids need around 10 hours of sleep per night—every night! This is different for everyone, but many studies show that ten hours is pretty ideal for kids.