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Does Sleep Matter

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Sleep. Who needs it!


Newborn babies find it easy. Toddlers sometimes find it daunting. Teenagers are convinced they don't need it. Adults want it but frequently don't have the time for it. Seniors have time for it but often can't achieve it. Yet it's a simple fact that whatever your age, getting a good night's sleep is one of the best ways of staying happy and healthy. It's just as important as a good diet and regular exercise. That's why Philips and the Australian Centre for Education in Sleep (ACES) have developed a Sleep Module for its SimplyHealthy@Schools program. The module's message couldn't be simpler: children who sleep well grow healthy.



Time for sleep


As the pace of life increases and we pack more into each day, our sleep patterns have suffered. In fact, poor sleep quality is now considered to be pandemic throughout the world. That makes teaching children about the importance of a good night's sleep particularly important, because sleep patterns acquired in childhood often feed through into adulthood. For example, recent research suggests that poor sleep patterns during childhood can delay children's physical and mental growth,

Dr Blunden

Dr Sarah Blunden

Associate Professor Sarah Blunden, Founder and Director of the Paediatric Sleep Clinic (Adelaide, South Australia) and the Australian Centre for Education in Sleep™ (ACES) and Head of Paediatric Sleep Research at Central Queensland University.

According to leading sleep researcher Dr Sarah Blunden, who partnered with Philips put together the new Sleep Module for its SimplyHealthy@Schools program, the effect on young children of not getting enough sleep is not what you might think it would be.

"Rather than falling asleep during the day, young children who don't get enough sleep typically become hyperactive, with a tendency to get angry faster, be more aggressive and have poor attention spans," she says. "As a result, they are often mislabeled as 'difficult children'."

Her research also shows that it's not just a child's behavior that is affected.

"Poor sleep can result in memory and attention lapses, difficulty learning and with school work, you can get sick more often and have more accidents and even be more likely to be overweight".

However, one of the problems associated with today's busy lifestyles is that sleep takes second place.

Resources for teachers & parents

 

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Download the Simply Healthy@Schools program materials including assignments on sleep, sleep education materials, teaching guide, parents guide, poster and links to additional resources.


 

Infant Sleep eLearning Program

Sleep problems affect more than a third of infants—health professionals can now learn how to support families in managing this common challenge with the new Infant Sleep eLearning Program.
The Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute has led a decade of infant sleep research and found techniques that are safe and effective to use in babies aged 6-18 months.
This program will teach you two techniques and how to manage common problems such as night feeds and dummies. It provides fact sheets in eight languages to support you and the families you work with during these often challenging times.
This program is accredited for 2 Royal Australian College of General Practitioners points: Number 908.
The Infant Sleep eLearning Program was developed by infant sleep experts at the Centre for Community Child Health with the support of the Sleep Health Foundation and Gandel Philanthropy.
Duration: Approximately one hour
Cost: $50