Evaluate the importance of good sleep hygiene in mental and physical health; identify ways to promote a good night’s sleep 


NHES 7: Practice healthy behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks. 


CASEL: Self-management 


sleep hygiene





Lesson Plan: A User’s Guide to a Great Night’s Sleep

If you’re like most teens you’re—yawn—not getting enough sleep. Read on to learn the secrets of a super snooze.

1. Preparing to Read

Before you read the article “A User’s Guide to a Great Night’s Sleep,” ask your students the following pre-reading question:

How do my habits contribute to or detract from a good night’s sleep?

2. Reading and Discussing

  • Have your students read the article “A User’s Guide to a Great Night’s Sleep” independently; read the article out loud to them; or have students partner-read the article out loud.

  • After they’ve read the article, revisit the pre-reading question. Have their answers changed? 

  • Next, have your students answer the Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking questions, either working in small groups or independently.

Close-Reading Questions
The following questions can be shared in printable or interactive form from the Resources tab

  1. The article mentions several ways that missing too much sleep can negatively impact your health. List at least three of them.

  2. Can what you eat and drink affect your sleep? Explain your answer, giving evidence from the article.

Critical-Thinking Questions

  1. How many hours of sleep per night do you get? Is this enough sleep, according to what you read?

  2. Do you think that school schedules and school-related responsibilities also influence chronic sleepiness in teens? Explain.

3. Building Comprehension and Vocab

Check students’ comprehension of and engagement with the story with the following assessment tools:

  • Quiz

  • Vocab Builder

4. Expanding SEL Opportunities

Continue the learning journey with the following extension activity: 

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK: SLEEP! First, students will use information from the article to self-assess where their bedtime routine could use a boost. Then, they’ll choose one snooze-inducing new habit to incorporate into their bedtime routine for a night. Have students share the next day about how their great night’s sleep made them feel.

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