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Sleeping Habits 101

You need at least nine hours of sleep every night to concentrate in school the next day.
Sleep

Next time you're playing Wii into the wee hours of the night and your mom tells you to go to bed, just do what she says! Sleep is incredibly important for your health and body and if you're not sure why, just read on to find out.

Why Is It Important?

You're bound to be tired when you're in school all day, and then head off to play sports, participate in extracurricular activities, hang with friends, do homework and catch up on all your favorite TV shows. By the end of the day, your brain and body need to catch some ZZZs! You need about nine hours of sleep every night to function normally the next day; otherwise, you won't be able to think clearly or concentrate in class. Sleep is also important cuz it helps you grow and builds your immune system to prevent you from getting sick.

The Sleep Cycle

Every night, you go through five different stages of sleep.
  • Stage 1 - You get drowsy and start to drift off. Your breathing becomes slow, heartbeat becomes regular and there's not much body movement.
  • Stage 2 - You enter a light sleep, but can still be easily awakened by noises.
  • Stage 3 - You're in a deeper sleep, where it's difficult to wake you up.
  • Stage 4 - This is the deepest stage of sleep. Sleepwalking and bedwetting occur in this phase.
  • REM - Your brain suddenly becomes much more active. You have rapid eye movements (REMs), your face, fingers and toes may twitch, and dreams will occur.
  • The Sleeping Positions

    Ever wondered what your sleeping position says about you? It actually reveals a lot about your personality!
  • If you sleep on your back, you're confident, outgoing and open to new challenges and experiences.
  • If you sleep on your stomach, you're a perfectionist and a bit of a control freak who likes to have things done your way. But, you're also creative, focused and stick to what you believe in.
  • If you sleep on your side, you're easygoing, adapt well to new situations and like to go with the flow, but can be somewhat of a pushover.
  • Snooze Suggestions

  • Set a regular sleep time so you go to bed and wake up around the same time every day.
  • Don't drink coffee, pop or any other drink with caffeine in it after 2PM.
  • Don't nap during the day. If you really need to, keep it to 30 minutes max.
  • Make sure you like your room - the more comfortable you feel in your environment, the easier it'll be for you to relax and fall asleep.
  • Warm milk works wonders! Zap it in the microwave for about 20 seconds to heat it up.
  • Related Stories:

  • Waking Sleepwalkers
  • The Sound of Snoring
  • The Meaning of Dreams
  • More Health and Body Info!
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    Ayeitstaylor

    Ayeitstaylor wrote:

    I usually stay up until 2 am...but this is pretty interesting and convincing
    commented: Sat Feb 01, 2014

    Micky_F00

    Micky_F00 wrote:

    Everyone! Read about Lucid Dreaming!, type it into google
    commented: Sat Feb 01, 2014

    JennyD

    JennyD wrote:

    Interesting
    commented: Mon Jul 15, 2013

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