Sleep affects your mind and body more than you might think so it’s really really really important to have a healthy sleep pattern. Elijah and Jade have been speaking to a whole bunch of young people to find out what happens to them when they haven’t slept enough, and what they do (or don’t do) to make sure they get enough of those all-important zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’s.
It’s kinda obvious but not sleeping enough makes you tired (duuuuuuuuuuuh) but what’s maybe not so obvious is that being tired also makes you grumpy, sluggish, depressed and even gives you spots! So, yeah, best avoided! Why might you not be getting enough sleep? Well, stress is the major cause – and that can be exam pressure or stress over grades or just generally getting stressed over school. It can also be something to do with your friends or family, but if it’s school-related then beware – because tiredness can be a vicious circle! You don’t sleep ‘cos you’re stressed and then, because you’re tired, you don’t think as well… and then you get more stressed and AAAAAGGH *pulls hair out* So be calm. And try these tips.
B. E. D. stands for: Bedtime routine, bedroom Environment, Daytime routine. Jade’s got some great tips for all these – so make sure you watch the video. Hot drinks (but no sugar or caffeine!) before bed and turning off your phone are both really good ways to sleep better. You could also try a soothing soundtrack like waves or rainfall, or try reading before bed. Try different things and find what works for you. As soon as you find something – stick to it! When sleep returns, so do the good times.