It’s midnight and you’re tossing and turning in bed — your nighty or your boxer shorts are getting pulled in all directions. Your mind’s racing with questions like: “Why did I say that at lunch today?!” Or “Have I packed my bloomers for PE tomorrow?”
The fact is, sleep deprivation is more common than ever — and the rates in teens have doubled in last 15 years or so. As a result, both children and teenagers are taking sleep medication like melatonin at increasing levels.
So is melatonin safe for young people? And what are schools doing to combat the growing sleep problem?
Paediatric sleep specialist, Dr Chris Seton from Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Sydney.
Deputy Headmaster of Students, David Carroll at Brisbane Grammar.