At Carey, we are aware that many of our students do not get enough sleep and are misinformed about the importance of sleep and the hours of sleep they should be getting. This issue of SchoolTV focusses on sleep, its function, how much is required to support good health, the causes of sleep deprivation and the detriments of not getting enough sleep.
There is a clear body of research evidence that shows adolescents between the ages of 11–17 require at least nine hours of sleep every night. This is more than a child or an adult requires. Yet most adolescents only get about 6.5–7.5 hours of sleep per night, and some get even less. The complexities of life for many adolescents can impact their sleep habits, in particular environmental factors such as social pressure, school workload, use of electronic devices, or using alcohol or other drugs will distort a person’s body clock. This can potentially result in a range undesirable outcomes that affect physical and mental health, such as concentration difficulties, memory impairment, poor decision making, moodiness and aggression, depression, risk-taking behaviour and reduced sporting and academic performance. Please take the time to explore this edition of SchoolTV as sleep deprivation in children and adolescents is a rising phenomenon.
Head of Student Development