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Did you know you actually need about 9 hours sleep each night?

You may feel really alert in the evening and find it impossible to go to bed early. This is because teenage brains tend to be more awake at this time, which is why it’s so difficult to get up in the morning.

Top Tips for a Better Sleep:

  • Help your brain unwind by going offline
  • Share your worries
  • Get active throughout the day
  • Avoid fizzy drinks and drinks containing caffeine. Milk or Water are best
  • Don’t go to bed hungry
  • Keep to a regular routine
  • Dim the lights
  • Listen to calming music


Useful Links:

Teen Sleep Hub

Teen Sleep Hub (Top Tips)

Good oral health isn’t just about how well you clean your teeth.

An unhealthy mouth can be caused by:

  • Smoking which can turn your teeth yellow, give you bad breath and contribute to gum disease
  • Mouth piercings which can lead to infection
  • Braces can trap plaque so make sure you have a special brush to make sure you can keep them clean.

Your set of teeth need to last a lifetime so why not try to:

  • Reduce the risk of tooth decay by cutting down on sugary food and drinks. Try and drink milk or water when you can. Sugar causes acid attacks on your teeth and regular acid attacks can lead to tooth decay.
  • Brush twice a day with a toothpaste that contains at least 1350ppm of fluoride (this will be written on the tube)
  • Remember to spit not rinse once you’ve cleaned your teeth
  • Brush right up to the gums and your tongue too for fresher breath
  • Visit your dentist regularly.
  • Brushing your tongue will help combat bad breath!
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Sometimes our dentist may refer us to an Orthodontist about having braces to straighten our teeth, this can sometimes seem a little daunting however 1000's of children and young people have braces. For more information, see NHS - Braces and Orthodontics.

Useful Links:

British Dental Association

NHS - Find a dentist

NHS healthier families - Sugar calculator

NHS healthier families - Reducing sugar

Save Kids From Sugar

If we take in more calories than we need and don’t exercise then we can put on weight and generally feel unhealthy.

But there’s more to it than that. Exercise can also:

  • Help you sleep better
  • Help you to concentrate
  • Give you more energy
  • Make you mentally and physically stronger
  • Reduce stress levels

Generally you need to have at least 60 minutes of exercise per day but there are lots of ways to do this. You could:

  • Walk all or some of the way to school rather than taking the bus
  • Join a dance class
  • Get on your bike
  • Play football in the park.

Or why not visit BBC - Get Inspired's comprehensive A-Z guide to sport and activities. They have more than 70 activities that could inspire you to take up a new hobby or interest.

You can also find information at Cheshire Change Hub - Exercise safely.

Find out what's on at your local Brio Leisure Centre.