YEAR 12 students are about to enter the most sleepless time of their schooling life, with adolescent health specialists overwhelmed during the Higher School Certificate period.
Paediatric sleep specialist at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Chris Seton, is overwhelmed by bookings every September, with only a month to go until students start their written exams on October 15.
”Normally that age group makes up about 5 per cent of my patients. This time of year it’s about 50 per cent,” he said.
ReachOut.com, Australia’s leading online youth mental health service, has a similar surge in activity from October to November with up to 4000 people looking at its exam-related content every day.