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Sleep - are you getting enough?
06 May 2013

There has been a lot of research on sleep, much of it done right here in Adelaide.

Are you still getting used to the change back from daylight saving?

Are you having any of the following problems?

  • feeling tired when you wake up in the morning
  • not being able to get to sleep at night
  • waking up a lot during the night
  • wanting to eat sweet, sugary things to give yourself an energy boost
  • wanting to fall asleep during the day time
  • gaining weight
  • having a bad temper
  • aggressive behaviour.

What can be done?

Well you need to set yourself up to get enough of the refreshing kind of sleep that your body needs.

The first thing to do is to make sure that your bedroom is set up to help you sleep.

  • So get Computers, TV's, mobile phones and other distractions out of the bedroom.
  • Make sure that your bed is made properly and feels comfortable. (Don’t just chuck the doona over! Straighten the sheets and plump up the pillows).
  • Keep your room tidy so that you feel calm and not irritated by having to climb into bed over piles of stuff.
  • Go to bed early enough to get enough sleep and wake early so that you can start your day without feeling stressed and rushed.

If you want to know more about sleep, then type in 'sleep' on the word search and learn something about rest, relaxation, exercise and sleep.

If you are doing all the right things and you still have problems getting to sleep, or wake up during the night and feel tired all the time, then ask mum, dad or whoever cares for you if you can go and have a talk to your doctor.

Life is busy, you are growing and changing, and your body needs the time when you are sleeping to be able to work well. And anyway you’re a kid! You should be full of energy and enjoying every day - not feeling tired and grumpy and 'can’t be bothered'.

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