Sleep experts have suggested that three quarters of children
are not even getting the recommended sleep for adults, with the
majority getting less than seven hours sleep a night.
The unhealthy sleep patterns have led to disruptions in the
classroom, with many being unable to concentrate on their studies.
79 per cent of children cannot focus
on their school work, with a quarter saying that they fall asleep
on their school desks once a week, according to a Travelodge study
of 2,000 children.
Experts from the Sleep Council recommend that children should be
getting between nine and 12 hours sleep a night, in contrast to
adults who are recommended to get between eight and nine hours. The
poor sleep habits have led to problems outside the classroom as
well, leading to health concerns such as obesity. Their general
day-to-day behaviour will also be impacted, and parents will soon
feel the strain of their children being grumpy and restless.
Jan Turner, from the Sleep Council, commented in the Daily Mail:
"A good night's sleep is critical for the development and well
being of young children.
"We believe regular bedtimes along with the right sort of sleeping
environment is vital to achieving this. That includes a good bed, well ventilated room and one that is
free from the distractions of TVs and electronic gadgets."
Making children's rooms as sleep-centric as possible will help
alleviate many bed time woes. Removing games consoles and gadgets,
as well as things such as mobile phones will allow the child's mind
to switch off and prepare for sleep. One of the main problems could
be that parents aren't getting enough information in regards to
Most parents struggle to get their children down at night,
especially when it comes to younger children. However, enforcing
regular bedtimes is essential. Nine out of 10 teachers (92 per
cent) in the poll for the Sleep Council complained that pupils are
so tired they are unable to pay attention in class, emphasising
that parents should take a more proactive role in enforcing earlier
Posted by Michael Ewing