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Student Well-Being: Sleep


Sleep, in simple terms, it is an extended bout of rest we experience on a daily basis, where we most often lay down with our eyes closed. The average person spends around a third of their life asleep. In this time, our bodies are able to replenish energy stores and make repairs, while our minds organise and store the memories of the day before.

Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well-known. But sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences on your health.

One in three of us suffers from poor sleep, with stress, computers and work often blamed.

However, the cost of sleepless nights is more than just bad moods and a lack of focus.

Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes – and it shortens life expectancy.

A solid night’s sleep is essential for a long and healthy life.

The Sleep Council

The Sleep Council is an impartial, advisory organisation that raises the awareness of the importance of a good night’s sleep to health and well-being and provides helpful advice and tips on how to improve sleep quality and create the perfect sleep environment.

Many teenagers struggle  to get to sleep in the week but fall asleep at the weekends. This would indicate Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, which is common in teenagers as their sleep cycles are different to adults’. Teenagers want to go to sleep late and wake up late, and the school day does not make this easy. This lack of sleep can make them tired, irritable and unable to concentrate and can underperforms at school.

Want to start sleeping better in four weeks? Then start your 30 day Better Sleep plan here.

All you need to do is answer the questions based on your sleep, health and lifestyle.

The NHS Sleep and Tiredness

A minimum of 8 to 9 hours’ good sleep on school nights is recommended for teens.

Here’s how to make sure your teen is getting enough sleep to stay healthy and do well at school.

Sleep Tips for Teenagers

The National Sleep Foundation (USA)

The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy.

As the global voice for sleep health, National Sleep Foundation’s priority goals are to ensure that:

  • Sleep is used as a vital sign of health by medical professionals and the public
  • The biological sleep/wake process is common knowledge
  • Workplaces, schools, homes and transportation infrastructures are designed to be sleep-friendly
  • Sleep science is rapidly incorporated into products and services

Explore how today’s modern family sets rules for sleep, navigates the use of technology in the bedroom, how parents can serve as sleep models for their family and make the dream of a “sleep healthy home” come true here.

The Plymouth Online Directory

A range of support services for young people, families and older people and signposting to all of the support services in the city and beyond.

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