Thursday, 5 May 2016

Sleep Affects School Performance: Free Resources Available HYP

Contact: Laura Cini, Public Health Services, DHHS
p: 6166 0669   e:
Intended Audience: Teachers, Social Workers, Youth Workers

Sleep Affects School Performance

Public Health Services in the Department of Health and Human Services is launching the Healthy Young People HYP website. The second mission to be released is 'Log Enough Sleep.' For the best health and well-being, young people aged 13-17 years need 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep every night which many are not getting. Poor sleep is linked to difficulty paying attention at school, irritability and poor emotional control.

Although sleep happens outside of school hours, there are many things teachers and students can do to support healthy sleep habits. Healthy Young People HYP is a set of free resources for secondary school students, teachers and school staff, youth workers and anyone who works with young people with great information about supporting adequate sleep. HYP also has free resources on drinking enough water, positive body image, physical activity, healthy eating and less sedentary time.

 It includes teaching resources that link to the Australian curriculum. To see the Log Enough Sleep resource visit:
Look out for the next of the HYP six missions to be released soon!
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