Last updated on Jan 14th, 2021 at 04:18 pm

Why we need sleep

“Sleep is time the body uses to restore itself. Muscles and other tissues repair themselves, hormones that control growth, development and appetite are released. Energy is restored and memories are solidified, so we need to try to get regular sleep on a regular basis,” said Dr. Aneesa Das, a sleep medicine specialist at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

How a lack of sleep affects children

“For children, sleep deprivation can lead to behaviour problems, trouble focusing and learning in school and it can affect their immune systems,” explained Dr. Das, “Chronic tiredness makes it harder to cope and process what’s going on around you.”

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When children enter the teen years, sleep becomes a bigger issue. Das says a teen’s circadian rhythm, or internal body clock, tells them to stay awake later and sleep later than children and adults do. She says only 15 percent of teenagers get the recommended sleep they need.

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