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Sleep Scotland

Research suggests that some school pupils are getting as little as four or five hours sleep at night. Experts recommend that in order for young people to function well they should be sleeping for a minimum of 9 hours per night.

This disruption in sleep pattern is thought to result from the rapid changes in society which have occurred over the last few decades. For example, televisions, computers, mobile phones and other modern technological devices have moved into the bedroom.  Young people are spending hours browsing the internet or using social media sites, such as Facebook, and this is leading to an interference in sleep; some teenagers are not getting to bed before midnight on school nights.

Sleep is vitally important for young people, research suggests that not getting enough sleep is linked to obesity and depression.  Sleep is not only related to health and feeling good, but researchers say that getting enough sleep is linked to academic and sporting success.

To combat this sleep problem the charity Sleep Scotland has been creating packs and teaching young people about how to sleep. The lessons teach teenagers about what influences sleep, such as the importance of a bed time routine and avoiding late night television watching. Doing this has encouraged young people to look at the effect that their sleep habits are having on their behaviour, and in their lives.  
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