ISHC Update November 2018

No other behavior, outside of school, affects a student’s school (academic and social) performance more than his or her sleep patterns. The ISHC survey data demonstrates that, as well as the relationship between sleep and mental health. We cross tabulated students’ reported hours of sleep (ranging less than 6 to greater than 8 hours)and it was striking to see the students who reported 7-8 hours of sleep reported a lower frequency of the following mental health related behaviors:
Dx of depression
Dx of anxiety
Dx of eating disorders
Sad and Hopeless feeling for > two weeks
Seriously consider suicide
Had a suicide plan
Cheated on tests and quizzes
Intentional self harm
Sexual intercourse
Oral Sex
Students and Parents may benefit from seeing and discussing this data as a motivator to increase and protect students’ sleep time.

The Science of Adolescent Sleep by Perri Klass MD includes multiple studies that explain the influence of inadequate sleep on Teenagers mental and physical health. The link to the article is:
You might want to consider sharing this article with your students in their health/bio classes and with their parents to encourage healthy sleep behaviors.