Are You Losing Sleep Over the Higher School Certificate?



If you’re a parent of a higher school certificate student, or the student yourself, the looming exam dates from October 12 to November 4, 2015 are probably already causing some anxiety.

Years of study and hard work at school will soon come down to the wire, but many families don’t know the enormous academic benefits of your children getting sufficient and quality sleep. The H.S.C. falls at a very awkward age as many teenagers are experiencing delayed sleep phase syndrome, self esteem challenges, social and relationship pressures and social media stresses – on top of exam and career anxieties.

No single organ of the body is affected by lack of sleep more than the brain:  specifically what is known as the executive functioning of the brain:  the ability to focus, response initiation, attention span, problem solving, working memory, planning, strategic thinking, mental flexibility and task switching.

Surprisingly while we sleep our brain is getting a workout.  Spatial and declarative memories are integrated at different levels of sleep, as well as thought associations, complex learning and making sense of the day before.  While we sleep we are releasing hormones (peptides and growth hormones), breaking down fats, anabolic building of tissue, resting our brain, healing, boosting our immune system, recuperating and growing internal organs.  Importantly sleep reduces accidents and errors, risk-taking behaviour and substance abuse tendencies.

Improved motor skills will ensure they are quicker and more accurate on their keyboards, and might even catch and pass the football better.

Delayed sleep phase syndrome means teenagers are reluctant to go to sleep at a reasonable hour.  Some are still producing the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin during the next morning.  It is little wonder that they seem unmotivated and seeking out inappropriate energy drinks and stimulants such as junk food or nicotine.

Insomnia and sleep disorders are symptoms of an underlying problem.  If we ignore the early warning signals the ramifications can be serious – beyond poor exam results.

The George Institute on Global Health found that young healthy adults who get less than 5 hours sleep on average are 3 times more likely to develop mental health problems than those who slept 8-9 hours regularly.

Knowing how to reduce stress and anxiety as well as improve memory is a superior way to impress at the end of the year; and the rest of the family might survive better too.

Lack of sleep is affecting your exam results, the ability to memorize, focus and concentration times.  Sleep disorders are also associated with the mental health problems of anxiety and depression, and the inability to deal with stress.  Teenagers who sleep less are more likely to take risks, are more accident prone, make more errors and are more likely to use inappropriate coping mechanisms such as eating junk food and using stimulants such as nicotine.  The physical health problems include obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, inflammation, compromised immune function, even reduced grey matter in the brain and cancer.

BETTER RESULTS!  Imagine if you could …

  • Improve spatial and declarative/explicit memory, resulting in better ATAR scores;
  • Discover why sleeping better helps you study more effectively and for longer periods, due to improved attention span, ability to focus and concentration;
  • Reduce stress and anxiety and the need for junk food to keep you alert;
  • Elevate your mood and confidence levels.

Here is some of what will be exposed at Secrets to Sleep that you’re not hearing other places:

  • The ten insomnia types and how to recognise your underlying problems;
  • The little known, simple lifestyle and environment changes that can change your sleep habits forever;
  • Strategies to get the most out of your study time;
  • Natural sleep solutions, easy to implement;
  • How to perform better in exams;
  • The shortcomings and side effects of medications;

I will be presenting Secrets to Sleep at the Group Fitness Room, Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre, Bicentennial Park, West Pymble on Sunday August 23, 2015, 1.45 pm to 3.45 pm.  Cost $ 30.00. Please book by registering below, or phone me on 0458 41 4441. Bookings are essential.  Book early to avoid disappointment as limited spaces are available.

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