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Grade 8 - Advisory: March - Lesson 2 - Sleep and the Teenage Brain

Sleep and the Teenage Brain

Suggested class progression

Sleep and the Teenage Brain:

  • Ask students how much sleep do they get on average during a school week?
    • How much sleep do they get on average on a weekend?
    • How much sleep do they think is important for a teenager?
  • Look at the article "How Much Sleep Do I Need?"
  • Video - Amazing Effects of Sleep - and lack of it
    • Discuss
  • ​Video - How to Sleep Better
    • Discuss
  • Video - Early Bird Versus Night Owl
    • Discuss
  • ​ Video - The Circadian Rhythm and Your Biological Clock in 3 Minute
    • Sleep - Adolescent Vicious Cycle chart
  • Suggestion - students keep a log of their sleep habits for the next week. Make one copy of a sleep log per student and if they complete it you could use next week in class.

How Much Sleep Do I Need?

Questions to explore:

  • How much sleep do I need?
  • What should I do if I can’t sleep?
  • Common sleep problems
  • Is it possible to get too much sleep?

Useful Websites

Sleep Research 3:58

Early Bird versus Night Owl 3:07

How to Sleep Better 5:05

Sleep - Adolescent Vicious Cycle

The Circadian Rhythm and Your Biological Clock in 3 Minutes