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Why Do We Sleep?

Sleep helps your body and brain develop and grow. Your brain needs sleep so you can:

Your body needs sleep so your:

You spend the day running on the playground, learning at school and eating meals — and at night your body and brain get to rest, right? Wrong! In fact, while you are off in dreamland, your body and brain are very busy getting ready for a new day. That is why it is so important to give yourself time to sleep.

Kids ages 5 to 12 need 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night. When you get enough sleep you can:

Without enough sleep you can:

To get better sleep, make sure your bedroom is cool, quiet and dark. Ask your parents to help with that. Try to go to bed at the same time every night. Your body gets used to a schedule and will be ready to sleep. Exercise during the day. And have a relaxing bedtime routine, such as a warm bath or shower, reading or listening to quiet music. Your body will know it’s time to get ready to sleep.

Source: National Sleep Foundation

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