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Sleep plays a critical role in health and wellbeing.

Its impact on mental health is significant. Sleep is essential for physical growth, cognitive development and emotion regulation.

For school-aged children and young people in particular, sleep consolidates their learning.

Excessive screen time and screen use just before bedtime can affect a student’s sleep. It can be harder for them to wind down, fall asleep and stay asleep.

The relationship between sleep and a student’s mental health is significant. Difficulties with mental health can disrupt sleep patterns. For example, a student could experience insomnia, nightmares or other sleep disturbances. On the other hand, inadequate sleep can exacerbate existing mental health problems and increase the risk of developing new ones.

Promoting good sleep hygiene practices and addressing sleep problems is crucial for supporting student mental health and their engagement with the curriculum.

We recommend that students and their caregivers seek guidance from a healthcare professional, such as their GP, paediatrician or psychiatrist. These experts can help identify any underlying causes of sleep difficulties. They can work with caregivers to access appropriate interventions and strategies to improve their child’s sleep.

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Fact sheets

Helping students to get better sleep

Information for young people on sleep, types of sleep difficulties and ways to improve sleep.
6-25 years

Get enough sleep for a healthy headspace

Facts about sleep and impact on mental health and concentration.
12-25 years