Approximately 30% of primary school children and 70% of teenagers experience insufficient sleep.
Focusing on sleep health in schools and in the home is vital as we become increasingly aware of the relationship between insufficient sleep and reduced academic outcomes, psychological problems, reduced school attendance and increased risk-taking behaviours.
As parents we play a vital role in ensuring our children get the sleep they need to best support their learning, emotional and physical health. For Smart Sleep Habits you can implement now visit Smart Sleep Habits. Of particular significance are the extra sleep tips for parents.
Seek advice from a health professional if you’re concerned that problems with sleep, however mild, are having an impact on your child’s life in terms of wellbeing, school, relationships or home life. Also seek help if the problems are making your child anxious, or if they persist for more than 2-4 weeks.
The online program Sheepshack, below, can be accessed from any state In Australia and does not need a referral from your GP.
The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research has developed a comprehensive Paediatric and Adolescent Sleep Service which treats sleep disorders in young people from birth to
18 years. This includes Australia’s only interdisciplinary sleep clinic for young people, where Sleep Paediatricians, Paediatric Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons and Adolescent Sleep Psychologists work together to provide a comprehensive service under one roof.
Specialists can diagnose and treat all sleep issues, including Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder, insomnia, restless legs syndrome and sleep walking.
For more information visit The Woolcock Institute Paediatric and Adolescent Sleep Clinic
Dr Chris Seton – Adolescent & Paediatric Sleep Physician
Call 0423 523 840