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Sleep for Health - 28 Feb

You’re invited to the first of our "Well-being" seminars for 2017 to hear how critical good sleep is to being top of your game. We all know sleep is important, but life in the 21st C is getting busier and busier. And time allocated to sleeping is often the first thing to be squeezed.

The CHS P&C are very pleased to present Dr Carmel Harrington, an internationally recognised expert in the field of sleep research, to speak to our Chatswood High community on the importance of sleep. Carmel is a consultant to numerous health and biomedical companies and specialises in paediatric and teen sleep health. She is an honorary research fellow at Westmead Childrens’ Hospital, and a founding member of the Australian Sleep Foundation. Carmel has written two best-selling sleep books, The Sleep Diet and The Complete Guide to a Good Night's Sleep.

Parents and students are invited to come along and hear this crucial message.

When: Tuesday – 28th February at 6pm
Where: School Hall

(This will be followed at 7pm by a Study Skills session for years 11 & 12, and a BYOD session for year 7 & new students)

Did you know that:

  • 50-80% of adolescents (aged 15-18yrs) and 30% adults are chronically sleep deprived (sleep less than seven hours per night).
  • Did you know it is better to get 1 extra hour of sleep before an exam, than stay up and cram.
  • Did you know getting a good night’s sleep will improve your ability to score “3 pointers” in a basketball game
  • Research also suggests a lack of sleep is a causative factor in obesity.
  • It is crucial to physical and mental health, our ability to think and learn. It is vital for optimal exam performance.

Too little sleep and we will feel unmotivated, depressed or grumpy and we will not have the energy to meet the challenges of life.

Sleep is essential to our mental and physical well-being - so important in fact that it should be thought of as our third pillar of health. Along with food and exercise, good, quality sleep enables us to be the best we can be.

The P&C is sponsoring a number of initiatives in the area of student welfare in 2017, with the introduction of a workshop series that is aimed at helping students, parents and staff. Other topics being covered this year include Respectful Relationships and Internet & Gaming Addiction.