Lanark County students are not getting enough sleep

Planet Youth Lanark County survey findings show that 70% of Grade 10 students are getting less than 7 hours of sleep per night.  This is not healthy.

The Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network, the Canadian Sleep Society, Fondation Sommeil and Wake-up Narcolepsy Canada have joined forces to launch Dormez là-dessus – Sleep on it!, a bilingual Canadian campaign to promote the importance of sleep to maintain good health.  They recommend that teenagers sleep 8-10 hours.  They further recommend that “sleep schedules should be adjusted, as much as possible, to the teens’ biological needs (phase-delay) and social constraints to avoid sleep deprivation and its consequences on mood, cognitive functions, school performance and health.”

Pre-teen sleep

A recent National Institutes of Health article discusses how getting enough sleep during childhood benefits developing brains.  Its conclusions are:

  • Pre-teens who slept less than nine hours daily had differences in brain structure and more problems with mood and thinking compared to those who got sufficient sleep.
  • The findings suggest that sleep interventions might be needed to help improve mental and behavioral health during pre-adolescence and beyond.

It is pretty clear that everyone needs to get enough sleep to be healthy.

Join the conversation

At the June 1 Planet Youth Lanark County community goal setting meeting we will be discussing strategies for improving sleep hygiene of Lanark County youth.  Please join us for this important conversation.

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