Youngsters are going to bed at around 11:20 BST on school
nights.


This is according to research carried out by Travelodge, which
surveyed over 4,000 parents with kids aged between six and 15 years
of age. Some 66 per cent of respondents said their offspring are
not getting enough sleep when in bed.


On top of this, three-quarters of those questioned admitted they
are not sure how much slumber their children actually require.


The general consensus is that youngsters need between ten and 12
hours of sleep in order to be ready for the next day, but 74 per
cent of mums and dads mistakenly believe less than seven hours of
shut-eye is fine.


With 79 per cent of parents saying their kids are struggling to
concentrate properly in school, it is clear this lack of sleep
knowledge is having a serious effect on their development.


Dr Pat Spungin, a child psychologist and family life specialist,
said: "I agree there is very little information available to
parents about the importance of a good night's sleep.


"Parents should be concerned about the effects of sleep
deprivation on their children, as lack of sleep has a negative
effect on a child's mood, concentration and attention. Research
also shows that children who are sleep deprived do less well
academically."


She pointed to research that shows adequate sleep is just as
important to kids as a healthy diet and regular exercise and
labelled the Travelodge findings as alarming.


It is up to parents to alter their attitudes, as 56 per cent said
they let their children stay up late surfing the internet, watching
TV or texting their friends. Instead, families should be looking to
introduce a calming bedtime routine that avoids any activities that
will stimulate the brain.


Mothers and fathers should give their kids a hot bath or shower
before they go to bed, while a milky drink is advisable and large
meals should also be avoided.


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