HSC Students and Sleep – What you need to know

HSC Students and Sleep – What you need to know

In this series of blog posts across the next two months, we will discuss the many different ways that you can support your child’s education in the lead up to their final HSC exams. This can range from implementing physical strategies to increasing the emotional and social elements of support, ultimately allowing for opportunities for success. The good news is that you can start employing these strategies at any time, and they require nothing but your determination to see your child succeed and achieve their best! The first three blog posts (of six total) of this series will discuss a number of strategies to increase your child’s physical well-being. Despite the long-founded “belief” that success is purely the result of successful studying, it is important to remember that successful studying stems from both mental and physical health: this means allowing plenty of sleep and rest, healthy nutrition, physical activity and time for leisure. SLEEP AND MEMORY: You might want to tell me that you think your child sleeps too much, particularly during such an intense year – they should be studying, right? Wrong. Sleep is of the utmost importance for our bodies to recover and recharge. Without it, concentration levels decrease and the ability to recall information is negatively impacted. Without sleep, students will also have problems with their energy levels – which, yes, they need in order to study successfully. Help your child develop a regular sleeping pattern, by reminding them of the following things:
  1. Get up at the same time each morning
  2. Avoid caffeine (and alcohol, if they are over the age of 18) late in the afternoon
  3. Turn off technological devices around 20 minutes before going to bed.
  4. Do something relaxing in this 20 minutes – read, draw, meditate, pack their bag, etc.
  5. Be active every day, as this will stimulate muscle fatigue and regeneration during sleep
However, whilst ensuring that these strategies are implemented by your child, be aware of letting them oversleep, and encourage them to only sleep-in on weekends no longer than two/three hours past their regular wake time. This will ensure that a satisfactory pattern is kept and that the body can fall in to a suitable routine. It is important to remind your child that appropriate sleep consolidates memory and enhances attention and learning and is essential for any child during their HSC year!

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