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Why You Need Sleep!

If your parents give you grief about sleeping late, tell them kids need more sleep than adults! Learn about insomnia, hallucinations and more in Kidzworld’s Why You Need Sleep!

Since your body does most of its growing during sleep, kids and teens need to get a lot more shut-eye than adults. Adults can go with only 7-8 hours of sleep, but kids and teens need from 9-11 hours a night!

What Happens Without Sleep?

Sleep deprivation is serious stuff. Without sleep, your mind can’t make sense of what it sees during the day. You need sleep for many things—growth, wound healing, memory processing and a whole lot more. Without rest, your body starts to break down.

When you don’t let your body rest, it still needs to process the information you take in. Serious hallucinations (seeing something that’s not there) can result from a lack of sleep. When a person has trouble getting to sleep or can’t stay asleep, the condition is called insomnia. Insomnia can lead to depression, bad memory, aches and shakes and a general crankiness. If you have trouble sleeping, try some physical activity during the day to make your body crave sleep.

Sweet Dreams

Dreams and nightmares are the movies running in your head while you sleep, but no one really knows why we dream. Many scientists believe dreams are the way our minds make sense of our daily experiences. Some cultures believe dreams have great meaning and can even be predictions of future events!

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Sleepy Foods

Has anyone ever told you that peanut butter causes nightmares? The truth is that, aside from maybe a mild stomachache, food doesn’t affect your body while it’s dreaming. Even though food doesn’t affect your dreams, lots of people think food affects your energy level. Ever felt tired after that big turkey dinner?

Turkey contains a natural amino acid called tryptophan. People often blame the tryptophan for feeling tired post-Thanksgiving, but there’s no scientific evidence to back it up! So you’re probably just tired from overeating!

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drowning posted in Style:
  "imtcutiie" wrote: DONT DO IT JUST PLEASE #### #### #### ......... CHANGING EYE COLOR  JUST WRONG   Changing eye color isn't wrong. :^) But, you can't simply change it with "spells" or videos. To change your eye color, you will need to either wear contacts during the day to appear that you have different colored eyes than you truly have, or medically having a doctor perform surgical iris correction.
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drowning posted in Family Issues:
I hope you texted back if you felt that it would be the right thing to do for yourself. I did not have a good childhood due to my birthmother and father. But, in recent time, I have come to enjoy talking to my birthfather and completely cannot stand my birthmother or her new husband anymore. I plan to actually meet him for the first time in 16 years if I can join my fiancé's family vacation.  Point of the matter, do what you feel is right. If you want to talk to him; talk to him. If you don't, don't reply if you don't feel comfortable too. It is purely your choice who you allow in your life, even when it comes down to blood and family.
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drowning posted in Family Issues:
It isn't pathetic in the slightest to seek help. I don't think it is right for your mother and siblings to completely disown you over your choice of living arrangements. If they have pushed you away, remember that it is not your fault and it is purely theirs. You made a choice that you felt would benefit you, and judging from their behavior, it was a good choice. As for your father, I don't fight with my own very much, but when I do it tends to be pretty bad. My mother on the other hand, I fight with constantly so I understand where you're coming from. You shouldn't have to do anything. From the sound of it, it seems more like a personal issue going on with himself, especially a sense of shame or regret with his previous exes so he uses you as an outlet because you're the closest thing he has.  I say find an outlet, a healthy one. Sometimes it is best to let them ramble on until they wear themselves out, but remember that self-defense and "talking back" is not always a bad thing just because they are your guardian. It is important to take a stand for yourself. Be respectful, don't sink to their level.
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drowning posted in Family Issues:
I think it is very important to find a healthy outlet and someone to talk to whether it's a doctor, friend, family member, ect. You can even find a journal to write in, if it will help you. I promise you, it isn't worth it to let families opinions and views affect you. I let the same thing happen to me and I still struggle over things that I wish I didn't.
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drowning posted in Friends:
Personally, given your age, the idea of a crush is a bit cute, but you're a little young for anything serious. I would recommend waiting until you truly know what you're doing. (And, believe me, you may not see it now, but you will when you're older.) But, if you really do want to find out, you need to remember that boys and girls both feel things. Boys aren't aliens, they aren't emotionless, and they aren't always just  dumbieheads.  You'll find it funny later on in life from how nervous you had gotten over a crush So honestly, just be straight forward. If you need a topic starter to bring it up, joke about old rumors that used to spread about you both.
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