Catch Some ZZZZ's
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Spanish: Duerme un poco
Catch Some ZZZZ's
By Patti Hutchison
1 How do you feel today? Do you have lots of energy? Are your eyes bright and clear? Can you focus on your work? Or do you feel tired and grumpy? Are your eyes red and have dark circles under them? Are you having trouble paying attention? If so, you may not be getting enough sleep. Teens and young adults need eight to ten hours of sleep every night. Yet most only get six or seven. You may stay up late talking on the phone, doing homework, or playing video games. But this can be hazardous to your health.
2 Sleep helps your body in many ways. You feel and look better after a good night's sleep. You have more energy. Your body is better able to fight disease. Sleep gives your brain a chance to sort things out. It stores information and solves problems while you are sleeping. This helps you focus better the next day.
3 Lack of sleep can be harmful. It can cause problems with your mood and behavior. You are more grouchy and anxious if you feel tired. You might have trouble focusing on your work. You are less able to solve problems if you are tired. The biggest danger from lack of sleep is a slower reaction time. This can lead to accidents, especially on the road. You could become sleepy while you are driving. This can cause you to crash and injure yourself or someone else. Many people die each day when they fall asleep at the wheel. Getting only six hours of sleep triples your chance of having a car accident.
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