You probably know that getting a good night's sleep helps you feel better in the morning. But when your day is packed with school and homework and everything else you have to do, it's hard to make it to bed on time to get enough sleep.
But here's why sleep is so important. Sleep resets your brain. When you sleep well, you can focus and pay attention in school. Sleep may also affect your weight.
Sleep is really important for good health. It affects what and how much you eat. It affects your energy level. And it affects your emotions. Here is why taking time to RECHARGE matters to the other parts of the FIT Platform.
You need to rest and RECHARGE to have energy to MOVE your body every day. Ever notice how hard it is to get up and get dressed in the morning when you don't get a good night's sleep? And when you don't sleep well for several days, it's harder to move all day long. The more tired you are, the less energy you have to be active. And if you don't get enough exercise, you can get more stressed out. Then that can make it harder to sleep. Whew!
Watching too much TV can be a problem, too. It's not really relaxing because your brain is still working. "Screen time -- and that includes TV, computer, even texting -- takes up all our down time," says David Ermer, MD. He's a child psychiatrist with Sanford Health. "It's a very unhealthy activity as far as exercise goes, and even emotional well-being." He means that when you watch a lot of TV, you don't have time to play and have fun with your friends. Playing with friends is a healthy way to relax. So are singing and dancing and laughing.
Too little time for RECHARGE can make you want more FOOD. When you don't get good sleep, it affects how much you want to eat. Studies of adults have shown that not enough sleep can mess with chemicals (hormones called leptin and ghrelin) in your body -- even after just one night. If these chemicals are out of whack, you'll feel hungrier, and junk foods that aren't healthy for you will look really good.
When you're busy and tired, you might want to just open a package to eat food even if it isn't good for you. It's easier to eat healthy food when you RECHARGE. And the best way to do that is to have a regular bedtime. To learn more about the FIT Platform and weight, see FIT Connection for Kids: Healthy Weight.
When you RECHARGE by resting and relaxing, it's easier to be in a good MOOD. When you wake up cranky in the morning, think about if you got enough sleep. Kids your age need about 10 hours a night. In a study, people who didn't sleep for one week became worried, sad, angry, and couldn't think well. Missing even just one night of sleep can put you in a bad mood and make it hard to think.