Editor’s note: Did you know that school-age kids should sleep between 9 and 12 hours a night, according to kidshealth.org? Wissahickon Charter School Fernhill Healthy Fox Cub Reporters interviewed Nurse Michelle Jackson to learn more about sleep. The interview has been shortened and edited.
Question: Does VR count in the list of things that you should stop doing an hour before bedtime?
Nurse Michelle: All screen time counts. TV, virtual reality, everything should be off an hour before bed.
Question: Can noise help you sleep?
Nurse Michelle: White noise is really good to help you calm down and go to sleep. I use it every night for my son. Listening to rain noises and other soothing noises can be soothing. Some sounds may not be good for you. You have to find what works for you.
Question: What’s something you can do if you wake up in the middle of the night?
Nurse Michelle: Keep the light off. Don’t look at the phone. Switch positions. Adjust your pillows and covers. Just lay there. Don’t become active, or your body will think it’s time to do something.
Question: What if you are concerned about sleepwalking?
Nurse Michelle: That is something you would tell Mom, and go to the doctor to have them check you out. Maybe you were awake but still sleepy, so you didn’t know what you were doing.
Question: How can you be asleep and fall out of bed?
Nurse Michelle: You were sleeping too well! You didn’t realize you were at the edge of the bed.
Question: How can you sleep all night but still not feel like you got enough rest?
Nurse Michelle: Your body is completely at rest, so you don’t recall. Maybe your body was more tired than usual and you needed a few more hours rather than waking up when you usually do. You possibly needed more rest.
Illustration by Maribel, AMY Northwest.