We all need our sleep. Regular, long stretches of undisturbed quality sleep is essential for our mental as well as physical health.
“Sleep is the single most effective thing we can do to reset our brain and body health each day”, according to Professor Matthew Walker, neuroscientist and author of ‘Why We Sleep’.
Many of the young people who attend Jigsaw face-to-face services report sleep difficulties as one of the issues they’re facing.
How much sleep do young people need?
Our sleeping rhythms and needs change as we get older. Although we may feel that we can manage on a certain amount of sleep, there are recommended times for overall health.
Teenagers need between eight to 10 hours sleep a night, though they are more likely to get around seven. Adults require a bit less; between eight and nine hours. These guidelines may seem ambitious, or maybe even unrealistic, but sleep is essential for your health and cognitive functions like learning.
Research has proven that when school start times are put forward to allow students to get more sleep, it leads to an increase in academic performance for the whole school. In a 2018 study, a Seattle High School delayed its start time by an hour and saw a 4.5% increase in the median grades of the students and an improvement in attendance.
It is possible to sleep too much (over 10 hours regularly). Find out the right amount of sleep for you within these guidelines to feel rested when you wake.