‘Sleep to Be a Smarter, Happier, Healthier You’
Program Overview


  • 40min-1hr group presentation
  • Workbook with 2 week sleep diary & other personalised activities
  • Video introduction
  • Education & resources
  • Video introduction
  • Education & resources
  • Optional follow up workshop
  • Optional 40min – 1hr group presenta on

  • Optional tailored 10min – 1hr presenta on


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.

Course content

  • 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

Learning Outcomes

Students Parents Teachers
  • Recognise that their knowledge and attitudes towards sleep has profound effects on their health, resilience and performance in all areas
  • Identify signs of insufficient sleep and the effect this is having on themselves and their relationships
  • Understand the effect of electronic device use on their own sleep as well as on others through late night communication
  • Effective use of a sleep diary to identify the correlation between adequate sleep and their own focus, energy and mood
  • Effective time management to ensure required sleep is prioritised
  • Establish a personal action plan to identify areas of change, motivation to change and action required
  • Knowledge and tools to support students to personalise and apply learnings for positive outcomes
  • Awareness of options for professional help if required
  • Knowledge to assist students and parents to recognise the importance of sleep on student learning, behaviour and resilience
  • Recognise students who may be sleep deprived
  • Understand the impact of sleep deprivation on common behavioural issues
  • Awareness of resources to assist students and parents to adopt behavioural change
  • An understanding of pathways to treatment for those students who require professional help


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