How many hours do you sleep each night?
How do you feel when you’ve had a really good sleep? How do you feel when you don’t sleep well?
You probably already know that sleep is super important. It’s when our bodies and brains have time to rest, repair, and improve. If you don’t get enough good sleep, you will feel tired, your focus and memory will be worse, and your body won’t have a chance to heal itself properly.
Think of it like a bedroom. When we sleep, the room is getting cleaned, and all of the new things you brought into the room get put away so that they are easier to find later. If you don’t get enough sleep, the room will be really messy, and it will be harder to find things, you may feel more stressed out, and it gets easier for something to break.
How much sleep do kids in
Elementary school kids sleep an average of 9.2 hours per night on weekdays.
Middle school students get an average of 8.8 hours of sleep each night on weekdays.
On the weekend, Kelowna kids get a bit more sleep, with both elementary and middle schoolers averaging 9.8 hours per night.
How much sleep are you supposed to get each night?
Everyone’s body and brain are different, and some people will need more sleep than others. It’s important to think about how you feel when you get more or less sleep to know what good sleep looks like for you.
In Canada, it’s recommended that kids aged 5–13 years old get 9–11 hours of sleep every night (weekdays AND weekends). For 14–17 year-olds, the guidelines recommend 8–10 hours of sleep per night.
What does all this mean?
Across Canada, 1 in 4 kids isn’t getting enough sleep, and Kelowna is no different.
In Kelowna, 40% of elementary school students had less than the recommended 9 hours of sleep on weekdays. On weekends, 25% of kids still had less than 9 hours of sleep.
Kelowna’s middle schoolers do a little bit better. Only 14% of this age group gets less than 8 hours of sleep during the weekdays. On weekends, only 3.5% of middle school students get less than the recommended 8 hours of sleep.