The Sleep Programme is recommended for young people aged 12 – 14 as an education and prevention programme. The Sleep Programme provides parents, teachers and youth workers with the tools to support young adults improve or maintain their sleep routine.
 The programme sets out ways to prevent sleep becoming a problem. It addresses areas like stress, diet, physical activity, drug and alcohol use in young people and encourages changes to poor sleep hygiene. The programme aims to provide practical information for young people, which they can then implement in their day to day lives.
 The resource was funded by the National Youth Council of Ireland’s (NYCI) Connected Communities programme.
 ‘The Sleep Programme’ is available for download here.
A team of inter-agency professionals based in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, including our own East Wicklow Youth Service, have developed this new practical tool for addressing the issue of sleep deprivation with young people.
The 2015 TY3 group from Avondale Community College took part in the pilot programmes and contributed this module. Our students were delighted to be involved in it's development. Sam Arslan represented us at it's official launch by Simon Harris TD, Minister for Health earlier this year.
Speaking at the event, Minister Harris said:
"I was really honoured to launch this toolkit, the Sleep Programme, in Arklow and to celebrate the work of those who have come together to develop this very important aide. We know that children and young people are faced today with busier, more pressurised lives and this in turns means that their overall health and well-being suffers. Although technology has many benefits, it can also have have a serious impact on our sleep and this toolkit provides guidance on how to deal with this.
This is a really positive initiative to help young people and I am delighted my Department was in a position to support and promote its development. I want to thank everyone who has worked to develop the Sleep Programme.”