WATCH: Children’s health in sleep and sport.
Sleep is just as important for your health as food and drink. Most adults, unknowingly, don’t give their children the required amount of sleep they need for their age. With schedules being packed and activities after school, bed time appears to be getting later and later. As well as that, our wake up time also seems to be getting earlier and earlier. Although missing sleep doesn’t appear to have a large effect on our lives, it could have a lifelong effect.
Getting the right amount of sleep can help improve people’s mental and physical wellbeing. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development. Children aged between 1 week and 1 year should have 16 hours, 30 mins to 13 hours, 30 mins of sleep every night. As children get older the amount of sleep they need decreases, children aged between 2 years and 16 should have between 12 hours, 30 mins to 9 hours of sleep per night.
Sport is a very vital thing for children’s health. Doing a sport can provide many opportunities for children such as new friends healthier life styles and much more! Children can learn how to overcome challenges and how to build confidence; this can be used a lot within school and in work.
In Reading there are many unusual sports such as: climbing, go-karting, water skiing and sailing, all with easy access and they are fun to do!
By Isla and Sadie