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To nurture the skills of resilience is key to providing young people with the ability to cope with stress, adversity, failure and challenges. Resilience is evident when young people have a greater ability to “bounce back” when faced with difficulties and achieve positive outcomes.

Resilience empowers the individual to recognise the health and well-being benefits of getting enough sleep and to encourage others to follow strategies to help them, if they are struggling.

Children and young people should sleep for 8-10 hours per night. Lack of sleep affects an individual’s overall behaviour as well as their physical health and mental well-being. It may cause problems with memory and concentration issues, stress, performance issues and reduction in reaction time. Sleep regulates hormones and allows the body to grow and repair muscles, organs and other cells. Whilst an individual sleeps special proteins are released, which support the immune system to protect an individual from illness and disease.

There are many reasons why children and young people may struggle with sleep, issues include:

  • Stress
  • Environment
  • Lack of bedtime routines
  • Social media or watching TV until late at night
  • Lack of exercise
  • Puberty
  • ADHD

Source – NHS

  • List some benefits of good quality sleep.
  • Explain how sleep can affect wellbeing.
  • Describe actions a person can take to help improve their quality of sleep.

Source – Rise Above

  • Identify what happens during sleep.
  • Describe the benefits of good quality sleep.
  • Explain strategies to promote good quality sleep and where to seek support if sleep is difficult.

Source – Rise Above

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