Over 30% of primary school children and 70% of teenagers are sleep deprived. This is having significant consequences on many areas of their lives such as:
- Learning & academic performance: Sleep helps concentration and motivation, along with consolidation of new information and memories.
- Emotional and mental health: Studies show children who are sleep deprived are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, negative body image and low self-esteem.
- Behaviour & decision making: Sleep deprivation affects decision making capacity, has a negative effect on behaviour and relationships, and increases risk of accidents.
- Body systems: Sleep deprivation affects children’s physical growth, brain development, immune system and plays a key role in weight gain.
- Create awareness of the current level of sleep deprivation among students and the effect this is having on all aspects of their lives.
- Empower participants with the knowledge, practical strategies and tools to make informed decisions regarding their sleep health.
- Deliver information that supports a whole-school approach ranging from awareness through to pathways for professional help.
- Why do we need Sleep?
- What happens to our brain and body when we sleep?
- How much sleep do we need to function optimally?
- Effects of Sleep Deprivation on: our learning, emotional health, behaviour and body
- Causes of Sleep Deprivation including physical, psychological, habits and lifestyle
- Impact of electronic devices on sleep
- Signs of sleep deprivation
- Smart Sleep Habits
- Sleep diary and activity book
- Where to get help