Sleep in Adolescents Attending Australian Boarding Schools: A Review and Interim Recommendations

Madeline Sprajcer, David Mander, Gabrielle Rigney, Tessa Benveniste

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Boarding schools, by definition, house students in residence either on campus or close by in residential facilities - where the sleep environment is likely to differ from their home environment. For boarders, being in the boarding environment occurs alongside a convergence of psychosocial and physiological factors likely to impact adolescent sleep. This paper comprises a review of the literature on sleep and boarding students in the Australian context. We also propose recommendations aligned with the scientific evidence base that can be used to promote healthy sleep in Australian boarding school students, focusing on staff training and sleep knowledge, daily routines, sleeping arrangements, and student mental health and wellbeing. It must be noted that these recommendations should be considered interim recommendations until further research is performed in the area. Further, we suggest the development of standardised practice guidelines, to ensure that student sleep is supported appropriately within the Australian boarding context.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Pages (from-to)91-105
Number of pages15
JournalAustralian Journal of Teacher Education
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021


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