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Advice and Guidance - Sleep

Our Educational Psychologist, Ms Wigford and psychology teacher, Mr Lindsay write about the importance of sleep.

Dover Court International School Advice and Guidance - Sleep

Dover Court students are generally lively and happy with plenty of energy. However, there are also some students who are finding it hard to pay attention, are forgetful, yawn and fall asleep in class. These students may not be getting enough sleep and are therefore unlikely to be learning as well as they could.

Sleep is essentially a biological requirement for physical and mental health and learning (particularly memory consolidation). Children and young people who don’t get enough sleep often have problems with learning and behavior regulation. Tired students find it hard to focus, they may be hyperactive and have mood swings which can lead to upset. Many parents also have problems sleeping and this can get in the way of calm, responsive parenting!

We recently completed a sleep survey with our Year 11 students to discover that 50% of them reported getting the recommended 8-10 hours of sleep a night. However, the other 50% reported that they were getting less than 8 hours each night - no one was sleeping too much!

We therefore thought a few tips/reminders of the most effective approach to a good nights’ sleep might be helpful. Small changes in routines can have a noticeable impact after just two weeks.


Bedtime tips for a good night's sleep:

  • Routine – go to bed at the same time even on the weekends if possible.
  • Don’t go to bed with a full stomach or hungry. Finish eating at least two hours before bed.
  • Avoid caffeine 4 hours before bedtime – preferably avoid caffeine after lunch time.
  • The bedroom should be dark, quiet and cool.
  • No electronic devices from 1 hour before bed.
  • Calming activities such as reading a book before bed time.
  • Getting plenty of exercise in daylight is also important.

REF: Mindell & Owens (2010) A Clinical Guide to Pediatric Sleep.


Sleep needs by age:

Reception and Nursery (3-5 years):  10-13 hours recommended
Primary and Year 7 (6-13 years):         9-11 hours recommended
Secondary (14-17 years):                       8-10 hours recommended
Adults (18 +):                                               7-9 hours recommended

REF: National Sleep Foundation website


Ms Wigford                                        Mr Lindsay
Educational Psychologist           Psychology Teacher