I’m a pretty typical kid—I don’t like getting up early on school days, I like staying up late, and on the weekends, I really like to sleep in.
This is where my Mom and I have a difference of opinion. I get that maybe sleeping past noon is going to mess up my sleep pattern for the week. But unless Mom’s making her famous waffles, I’m not crawling out of bed before 9 a.m.
Mom isn’t convinced. So, I looked up the sleep needs for the average teen.
Did you know that during sleep, some pretty important body functions and brain activity occurs? Teens need about 9.25 hours of sleep per night—I got that straight from the National Sleep Foundation website.
When teens don’t get enough sleep, they can get moody (just ask my Mom). Lack of sleep limits your ability to learn, listen and concentrate. You can eat more, or choose the wrong foods (like chocolate and soda) because you don’t have the energy to wait for or make healthy meals.
But worst of all? Not enough sleep can result in poor performance. Gasp!
See why I need to win the sleep debate?
I plan on turning off my alarm clock tonight and when Mom tries to wake me up, I’ll be prepared for the debate this time.
- Chase Superman Duffy