Sleep Essay

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We spend about 8 hours/day, 56 hours/week, 240 hours/month and 2,920 hours/year doing it ,yes its SLEEPING. We apparently spend one third of our lives doing nothing. But is sleep really doing nothing? It looks like it...our eyes are closed, our muscles are relaxed, our breathing is regular, and we do not respond to sound or light. Sleep is an important factor in all our lives. When we sleep: we rest, and our body is able to renew its energy. When your body doesn't have enough hours to rest, you may feel tired , or you may be unable to think clearly or and may even hurt your scores on school exams, One more reason to get enough sleep: If you don't, you may not grow as well. That's right, researchers believe too little sleep can affect growth and your immune system — which keeps you from getting sick. Sleep gives your body a rest and allows it to prepare for the next day. It's like giving your body a mini-vacation. For most kids, sleeping comes pretty naturally. Here are some tips to help you catch all the sleep you need: * Try to go to bed at the same time every night; this helps your body get into a routine. * Follow a bedtime routine that is calming, such as taking a warm bath or reading. * Limit foods and drinks that contain caffeine. These include some sodas and other drinks, like ice tea. * Don't have a TV in your room. Research shows that kids who have one in their rooms sleep less. If you have a TV, turn it off when it's time to sleep. * Don't watch scary TV shows or movies close to bedtime because these can sometimes make it hard to fall asleep. * Don't exercise just before going to bed. Do exercise earlier in the day — it helps a person sleep better. * Use your bed just for sleeping — not doing homework, reading, playing games, or talking on the phone. That way, you'll train your body to associate your bed with sleep. *

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