Give It a Rest!

9, 10, 11, 12

Students learn about the importance of sleep and analyze their own rest patterns. They determine how they can improve their own sleep health.

PrintOne 50-Minute Class Period

The learner will:

  • research information about sleep habits and good health.
  • discuss and make a commitment to improve sleep habits.
  • Internet access and computers for each small group of students
  • Chart paper, markers
  • Student copies of Handout 1: Sleep Fact Sheet
  • sleep: a natural state of rest during which awareness of the world is suspended
  • sleep deprivation: a continuous lack of sufficient sleep

Have youth reflect on the back of their handout to the following question: “How did today’s work better equip you in this important part of your health?”


  1. Anticipatory Set

    Review with students how they feel since they have been trying to eat healthier. Do they notice an increase in energy or positive feeling? Ask them what good health feels like. Tell the students that another important step toward feeling healthy is getting sufficient rest.

  2. Give each student a copy of Handout 1: Sleep Fact Sheet. Tell them they will go on the website for the National Institute of Health to find the answers to the two questions on the worksheet. Allow them to work in pairs to find the answers and at least one tip for a good night's sleep.

  3. Students go to and work for about 10 minutes to complete the worksheet.

  4. Bring the students together and discuss their answers. Write the facts on a chart.

  5. Ask each student to tell the class at least one sleep tip they will try to adopt.

Cross Curriculum 

Students think of someone close to them who could benefit from what they’ve learned about the importance of sleep and share it with them.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 07. Skills of Civic Engagement
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Utilize the persuasive power of written or oral communication as an instrument of change in the community, nation or the world.
      2. Benchmark HS.4 Analyze and synthesize information to differentiate fact from opinion based on the investigation of issues related to public policy. Discuss these issues evaluating the effects of individual actions on other people, the rule of law and ethical behavior.
  2. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 01. Needs Assessment
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Identify a need in the school, local community, state, nation, or world.