International Sleep Day!

Dear families,


While we know sleep is essential for good health, research shows that many children and young people are not getting enough sleep on school nights. This can affect thinking, concentration, memory, reaction times and mood.


Research shows about 12% of primary school-aged children, a quarter of 12 to 15 year-olds and half of 16 to 17 year-olds don’t get enough sleep on school nights. The recommended amount of time to sleep for primary school-aged children is 9 to 11 hours. For teenagers, it’s 8 to 10 hours.


Signs that your child is not getting enough sleep can include:

  • low mood and irritability during social interactions
  • reluctance or arguing about getting off devices and going to bed
  • falling asleep during the day
  • difficulties waking up for school and sleeping in late on weekends to catch up
  • changes to communicating or interacting at home.

You can help your child to improve their sleep by:

  • establishing a regular sleep pattern and consistent bedtime routine
  • supporting them to avoid using electronic devices such as smartphones before going to bed and in bed
  • encouraging your child to exercise and spend time outside in daylight, steering clear of vigorous activity in the hour before sleep
  • encouraging them to wind down and relax before going to bed.

If your child is still having trouble sleeping, has persistent problems with low mood, excessive daytime sleepiness, restlessness in bed, severe snoring or wakening unrefreshed, despite getting adequate length sleep, they should see a doctor.


For more information on sleep health, you can refer to: · Sleep tips for children and Facts about sleep for parents and school staff, from the Sleep Health Foundation · Why sleep is so important, from the Kids Helpline’s · Sleep explained, from the Better Health Channel.


Celebrate Healthy Sleep on World Sleep Day

World Sleep Society is issuing a global call to action to organize sleep health awareness activities on and around Friday, March 17, 2023 – the upcoming World Sleep Day. Members of World Sleep Society, sleep experts, and community health advocates in over 70 countries will be organizing local, regional, and national activities to promote sleep health. Join us!

A Call to Action – Celebrate Healthy Sleep!

  • Share #WorldSleepDay online
  • Organize or participate in an awareness activity in your community (and let us know about it!)
  • Interview a credible sleep expert for your World Sleep Day content
  • Write, create, or otherwise connect with your public audience about sleep health

The 2023 Theme: Sleep Is Essential for Health

The theme for this World Sleep Day is Sleep is Essential for HealthJust like eating well and exercising, sleep is a behavior that is foundational to one’s physical, mental, and social well-being. However, sleep is not yet commonly considered an essential behavior for good health. World Sleep Day is an opportunity to promote sleep health alongside thousands of other sleep health professionals and advocates. When we all promote sleep health and #WorldSleepDay together, our combined effort is greater than the sum of its parts. Spread the word about sleep health on World Sleep Day, and help elevate the conversation around sleep!


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