One last parting shot from Wednesday's nutrition class. The better we do teaching our kids how to eat clean now, the less likely they have to experience how hard it is to reverse habits of eating processed/unhealthy food and changing over to eating clean. We learn our habits at a young age. The older we get and the longer they're in place, the harder it is to change. Anybody who has been in a position where change is necessary knows it isn't easy or always fun. They don't have to feel that way. They're never too young to worry about what they're consuming.
When we're sleeping, our bodies try to take full advantage of the low-energy requiring time of the activity to rebuild our muscles so that our most recent workout pays off. This makes us feel fresh and stronger for our next visit to the gym. 8 hours would be ideal. 6 should be the minimum. It's not uncommon for people to say they can function just fine with just a few hours of sleep. They can function, yes, but they're doing nothing to benefit their bodies. Consistency in sleep deprivation can be a big hindrance in muscle growth and fat loss goals.