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Sleep – Age 11-14

Sleep is vital to us all, but especially for children. It helps with brain development and with learning so sleep deprived children suffer. In this quiz, written for KS3 children in years 7, 8 and 9, we take a look at the importance of sleep and some strategies to ensure children get enough of it.

Sleep is an important bodily function. If we don’t get enough sleep we can suffer from a poor memory, irritability, a lack of attention and, of course, we feel tired throughout the day. Not getting enough sleep can also badly affect our health, so it is vital that we do sleep.

There are certain tactics we can use to keep insomnia at bay. Have a go at this quiz and see how well you know them.

1.
How many teenagers get enough sleep per night?
About half of them
About two-thirds of them
About three-quarters of them
About nine-tenths of them
Studies show that the number of teenagers who get enough sleep is falling. In 1991 it was 72% but by 2012 had fallen to 63%
2.
Which of these would NOT keep somebody awake at night?
Worry or stress
A regular routine
Coffee or cola
Screen time before bed
Stress is a major cause of insomnia, while caffeine in coffee and cola actually wakes us up. Screen time can stop us sleeping too, as it fools the body into thinking it is morning
3.
When we dream our eyes dart about beneath our eyelids. What three-letter term do we call this?
RAM
REM
RIM
ROM
REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement. It MAY be caused by our eyes following the images in our dreams, but we don’t know for sure
4.
Is it a good idea to catch up on sleep over the weekend?
Yes – weekend sleep is more important sleep in the week
No – the weekend is wasted if you sleep through it
Yes – the extra sleep makes up for what was lost
No – it is better to stick to a routine
Sleeping in may make you feel like you’ve caught up on lost sleep. However, it confuses your body making it harder to sleep when Monday comes around. It’s much better to go to bed and get up at the same time every day
5.
Who needs the most sleep?
A baby
A child
A teenager
An adult
New-born babies need around 17 hours sleep a day to help with their brain development. The amount we need gets lower as we get older. Most adults need between 6-8 hours per night
6.
Which of these in NOT a symptom of sleep deprivation?
Snoring
Memory loss
Lack of motivation
Short temper
Not getting enough sleep is bad for our minds and our bodies. It can also cause high blood pressure, weaker immune systems, and headaches
7.
People who get enough sleep are better at learning. Why is this?
Because they can remember things better
Because they can think more clearly
Because they can concentrate better
All of the above
Research shows that tired children don’t do as well in school as they could. As well as the reasons given above they may also have worse attendance records due to health, and worse behaviour due to irritability
8.
What is the longest time anybody has gone without sleeping?
5 days
11 days
3 weeks
A month
The world record is 11 days and 25 minutes. During this time the record holder experienced moodiness, problems with concentration, short term memory loss, paranoia, and hallucinations. Clearly we need sleep
9.
Why do we dream?
To cement our memories
To rehearse possible futures
To process our feelings
Nobody knows
Scientists are still researching dreams. There are many theories as to why we need to dream, but none have yet been proven. All we do know is that dreams are an important part of sleep.
10.
How much sleep does an average 13-year-old need per night?
7 hours
8 hours
9 hours
10 hours
The actual amount of sleep required varies from person to person. But the average for a 13-year-old is about 9 hours. Do you get that much sleep?
Author:  Graeme Haw

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