We’ve all experienced that groggy brain fog that comes from lack of sleep. When you combine sleep-deprived parents with tired and cranky children, the result is household hostility and conflict.
That’s why it’s important to understand the changing sleep patterns and needs of children and the impact not enough sleep has on their schoolwork, behaviour and wellbeing.
Adolescence is a key period of changing sleep behaviour. You’ll notice, from the age of about 12, children want to stay up later because they’re not tired, and will also want to sleep in for longer.
According to medical experts, the body’s circadian rhythm changes as a result of the brain hormone melatonin – the stuff that makes you sleepy – being released later at night in teens, than it is in kids and adults.
Between the ages of 12 and 18, young people need an average of about 9 hours sleep.
However, busy schedules, social media, increased homework and the pressure to do well, mean many teens are not getting the sleep they need to function at their best.
According to Adelaide-based Somnia Sleep Psychology “adolescent sleep problems are widespread, with 1 in 2 barely getting enough sleep to function well during the day” which can result in “depression, anger, and time management issues”.
Somnia clinical psychologist Dr Hayley Dohnt has worked for many years assessing, treating and researching sleeping problems. She completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the area of adolescent sleep at Flinders University, and has worked at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and the Flinders University Child and Adolescent Sleep Clinic.
In a special webinar for parents on May 17, Dr Dohnt will explain how adolescent sleep problems can be problematic for learning and wellbeing.
She will also share how parents can help teens improve their sleep which will enhance their wellbeing and academic outcomes.
When: Thursday 17 May 2018
Time: 7.45 – 8.45pm
Where: Parents do not need to register for the free webinar. On the night simply go to https://zoom.us/j/282680460
More information: http://www.isdcn.edu.au/Events/Pages/EventRegistration.aspx?NbnEventDateId=%7b37e013bc-b6d8-e711-9e08-005056b8125b%7d