It can be hard to get enough sleep at night. School starts obscenely early and all the best shows and chats
are happening after midnight. What’s a girl supposed to do? Skip out on the action to get a full eight hours of sleep when she can probably get by with only five or six? I know lots of us do it, but we need to stop. Sleep does more than just resting our bodies – it’s actually pretty important.
Sleep Makes You Smarter
When you’re sleeping your brain is not. During sleep your brain is actually working at it’s finest. All the information and learning you’ve done during the day gets processed by your brain while you are sleeping. And it doesn’t happen right when you fall asleep – your brain kicks into overdrive while you are in the deep sleep that happens after a few hours.
Have you ever gone to bed worrying about something or trying to remember a detail, only to have the answer easily almost as soon as you wake up? That is your brain processing and filing things away for you. The better your sleep, the better your brain works.
Your teachers aren’t joking when they say to get a good night’s sleep before a test – it really can make a huge difference in what you know. Oh, and while we’re on the topic, cramming the night before a test is almost worthless. Your brain has to process what you’ve learned and if you don’t sleep after studying, you haven’t stored any of that knowledge away where you can use it.
Sleep Keeps You Healthy
Not only is your brain processing and getting caught up on the day while you sleep, your body is, too. You can think of nights as the time your body does scheduled maintenance. Sleep helps your body heal, keeps your systems working correctly and lets your immune system build back up after the beating it takes each day.
In fact, not getting enough sleep can actually make you sick. If you’re not sleeping, you’re not helping your body protect you from germs. And most importantly for those under eighteen, your body does a lot of its growing while you sleep. So if you’re not sleeping enough, you’re not letting your body do what it needs to do.
Sleep Makes You Pretty
Not that you need to be any prettier, but being fully rested keeps you looking healthy and fresh. What’s more attractive than that? Not getting enough sleep can give you dark circles under your eyes and make you look unhealthy overall. Waking well rested in the morning rather than tired and grumpy from a lack of sleep can make worlds of difference in your self confidence and overall state of attractiveness.
Sleep Makes You Sane
There have been studies done that claim people who don’t get enough sleep go through the day about the same as a slightly drunk person.
The less sleep you get, the more “drunk” you are. Sure you might get by on only five hours a night, but your friends are going to think you’re nuts.
Driving, thinking, flirting and taking tests are all very dangerous without enough sleep. Your emotions are closer to the surface and you break down more easily when you’re tired.
Things seem overwhelming, and you find yourself freaking out about little issues that shouldn’t bother you are all. It’s amazing how much more mellow you are after a good night’s sleep.
Finally, there is a question of what is a good night’s sleep. The popular numbers you hear are seven to eight hours a night with four being the absolute minimum. That number is right – for adults. Kids under the age of twelve or so need closer to ten hours of sleep a night, and believe it or not, older kids actually need more. (You can blame puberty and hormones.) You don’t get the “adult sleep status” until you are done growing which is around eighteen or nineteen for girls. No wonder you’re so tired all the time!