Physical Health: Your Sleeping Brain is Hard at Work

1st Grade (Ages 6-7)

1st Grade PJ the Panda holding a softball.

Sleep is important for the survival of all animals.  This story will describe what sleep is, why animals do it and what your brain is doing while you are sleeping. 

  • All animals sleep in different ways.   
  • Your body needs sleep to rest and recover from all the things you do while you are awake.  Your brain’s job, however, is never done. While your body rests, your brain has time to do other things.  (fix things – repairman or repairwoman, memory consolidation – storage facilitator, and waste removal – janitor) 
  • There are many reasons why we need to sleep and people of different ages need different amounts of sleep.