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As we come to the end of another busy term it has been evident through our student wellbeing check-ins that the boys are feeling very tired. The busy schedules of our students and their families, as well as the distractions that can occur from technology can impact the sleep patterns of our young people. Sleep is crucial for children, supporting their physical growth, cognitive development, emotional stability, and overall wellbeing.

During sleep, growth hormones are released, essential for development. Sleep can boost the immune system, making children less susceptible to illnesses. Sleep also aids cognitive development by consolidating learning and memories. Children who sleep well perform better academically and can concentrate more effectively.

Emotionally, sleep helps regulate mood. Adequate sleep ensures children have the energy and motivation for physical activities and social interactions.

Parents and caregivers play a vital role in promoting good sleep habits. Consistent bedtime routines, reducing screen time before bed, and creating a relaxing pre-sleep environment are essential strategies. By prioritising sleep, parents can help children thrive and develop healthily.

The holiday break can be a challenging time for keeping consistent bedtime routines. A reminder that SchoolTV is an outstanding resource for our community to support the wellbeing and mental health of our students, parents and staff. This site contains a number of resources providing supportive information about the importance of sleep. These resources can be located at this link.

Ben Storer
Deputy Head of Junior School – Wellbeing and Administration