Better sleep week is raising awareness about why good quality sleep is essential for children’s growth and development.
Sleep is a physiological need in Maslow’s hierarchy, just as important as food and safety. Without sleep we cannot achieve self actualisation.
Poor sleep hygiene can lead to students missing education and it can also lead to mental and physical health problems.
After puberty, there is a biological shift in an adolescent’s internal clock of about 2 hours, meaning that a teenager who used to fall asleep at 9:00 PM will now not be able to fall asleep until 11:00PM. It also means waking 2 hours later in the morning. Teenagers need 8-10 hours sleep.
Trouble sleeping can also be triggered by anxiety, poor diet, poor sleep environment (uncomfortable bed, over stimulating bedroom), smoking, caffeine and many more.
If you have concerns about a student and their relationship with sleep please contact the
school for further advice. Here are some helpful organisations you can sign post as well
1, Calm – An app for guided meditation and sleep stories www.calm.com
2, The sleep charity is a great place to tips and resources for children, teens and adults
3, Teen sleep hub is also a great place for tips and resources directed at teenagers with a parent section too