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Sleep

What happens during sleep?

During sleep, important bodily functions are restored and the body rests. Sleep is as important and unavoidable as breathing, drinking water, and eating.

 

How much sleep should I get?

Teenagers require at least 8–10 hours of sleep a day.

 

When should I sleep?

The sleep cycle often changes to a later time during teenage years – meaning that you fall asleep later and also wake up later. It is common for teenagers to have difficulties falling asleep before 11 p.m. You should, however, take into account general rules and make it a habit to go to bed earlier and get at least eight hours of sleep each night.

 

What happens when a person does not get enough sleep?

When a person does not get enough sleep, and especially if that happens often, they get tired. This means that they are sleepy during the day, they can get headaches, their learning capability and concentration are definitely decreased. Sleepiness reduces performance and the ability to regulate emotions.

When a person has not slept enough, they may fall asleep against their will by accident. Driving when sleepy has been found to be very dangerous, because it is possible to fall asleep at the wheel involuntarily.