Did you know that 1/3 of all teenagers are sleep deprived? According to the National Sleep Foundation, you need at least 9 hours, and most of you aren’t even clocking in at 7. Why is that?
Fear of Missing Out is one reason, but so is the desire to study hard and do better in school. But guess what? Those extra hours you spend awake studying aren’t really doing much for you, as you’re much less likely to remember what you studied.
Your brain needs time to reboot. So does your body. We all need a bedtime. If your parents aren’t giving you one, do the grown-up thing and set one for yourself.
Watch the TED talk below, read some of these articles, and reflect on your own sleep habits. Then, using Canva, create a sleep advocacy Instagram post explaining to your classmates one of the amazing benefits of sleep. Then we’ll print them up and make a collage to hang up in the hallway…. so make sure your post is visually appealing!
Find your own information about the benefits of sleep, or use one of the articles below to get started!
Time Magazine: How to Wake Up Your Creativity
NY Times: Sleep is the New Status Symbol
The Mash: Screentime Before Bedtime
NY Times: Lost Sleep Can Lead to Weight Gain
HuffPost Healthy Living: 5 Ways to Change the World in Your Sleep
TED Talk: Russell Foster: Why do we sleep?
Eating disorders are always a tricky subject. That’s why Choices teacher-adviser Amy Lauren Smith—a sixth to eighth grade health teacher at the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China, and the brilliant mind behind our Teacher’s Guide each month—worked with a specialist to make sure she handled the topic appropriately in class. Follow these tips to ensure your lesson has the right impact.
We’re all guilty of procrastinating sometimes, but teens are especially prone to this bad habit. Choices teacher-adviser Amy Lauren Smith–a sixth to eighth grade health teacher at the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China, and the brilliant mind behind our Teacher’s Guide each month—has rounded up the resources you need to tackle this topic in class.
Editor’s note: It’s hard to accept, but failure might actually be good for you. Choices teacher-advisor Amy Lauren Smith—a sixth to eighth grade health teacher at the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China, and the brilliant mind behind our Teacher’s Guide each month—explains how she helped her students understand this important lesson.