Schools all over Scotland are to be offered resources to teach teenagers how to get more sleep at night.
The pack is from the charity Sleep Scotland and hopes to increase awareness of the impact of sleep on a young person’s physical and emotional wellbeing.
Research from Sleep Scotland shows that the amount teenagers from around the world are sleeping has steadily decreased over the past 10 to 20 years.
According to the charity many electronic devices such as television’s, phones, ipods, and video games can prevent teenagers from getting the 9 hours of sleep people their age need.
Getting lots of sleep can increase your physical health and performance in school, according to the charity’s counselling service.
Jane Ansell, the director of Sleep Scotland says
“I don’t think any parent would think of sending out their child without enough food in the morning, or decent clothing and they know how important reasonable exercise is, so why should you send your
child out without enough sleep?”
A report by the charity said many young people believed they could make up for lack of sleep through the week by sleeping later at weekends.