When we sleep our body repairs!
Exercising: during resistance training, the muscles actually tear. While sleep, the muscle rebuilds stronger to adapt to the new load demanded of it.
Sickness: during sleep, extra protein molecules are produced that help the immune system to strengthen and mend after being compromised by pollutants and infectious bacteria.
Growth: we can’t forget that kids do a lot of growing during those important hours of sleep.
- improve memory– the brain appears to restructure and reorganize memories- they become stronger
- improve inflammation– research suggests that people who get fewer hours of sleep—six or less per night—have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins
- improve performance- A study conducted by Stanford University looked at college football players. Those who got 10 hrs of sleep for 7-8 weeks had improved sprint time. They also had less fatigue and stamina in the day.
- improve grades- sleep deprivation impairs learning
- improve attention– adults get sleepy with lack of zzzz’s, but kids get hyperactive, are inattentive and impulsive (ADHD-like symptoms)
- encourage a healthy weight– when sleepy, hormones that increase appetite increase in the blood; studies also show that people who were well rested lost more body fat and those who were sleep deprived lost muscle mass
- and decrease car accidents–in 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that being tired accounted for the highest number of fatal single-car crashes where the driver ran off the road. A higher number than crashes caused by alcohol! Lack of sleep affects decision making and reaction time.
|Newborns (0-2 months old)||12-18 hours|
|Infants (3-11 months old)||14-15 Hours|
|Toddlers (1-3 years old)l||12-14 Hours|
|Pre-schoolers (3-5 years old)||11-13 Hours|
|School-aged Children (5-10 years old)||10-11 Hours|
|Teens (11-17 years old)||8-9 Hours|