4.2.4 Percentage of Canadian students in Grades 6 through 10 who reported that they were tired when they went to school in the morning, by grade and gender, Canada, 2014

Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10
Boys 44 52 54 61 62
Girls 47 58 60 73 075

Source: CICH graphic created using data adapted from Health Behaviour in School-aged Children in Canada: Focus on Relationships. 2015.

444% to 47% of girls and boys in Grade 6 agreed or strongly agreed that they were usually tired when they went to school in the morning.

The percentage of students reporting they were tired when they went to school increased with each increasing grade – and by grade 10 75% of girls and 62% of boys reported that they were tired when going to school in the morning.

At every grade level girls were more likely to report being tired than were boys.

Teens and Sleep
According to the Canadian Paediatric Society, teenagers need between 9 and 10 hours of sleep every day. They need more sleep because their brains and bodies are growing rapidly. They caution that teenagers who do not get enough sleep are more likely to feel depressed. Conversely, poor sleep that is not refreshing can be as symptom of depression. They are also more likely to struggle in school, have trouble with memory, concentration and motivation and be involved in car crashes and other kinds of accidents.

Source: Canadian Paediatric Society. Teens and sleep: Why you need it and how to get enough. Caring for Kids. caringforkids.cps.ca

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