Primary school children are ''lacking quality sleep''
New research has revealed that late night activities and a
lack of consistent sleep has resulted in children feeling overly
tired in the classroom, with almost a quarter of primary school
teachers saying they have to give children time out of lessons for
The study, conducted by the Sleep Council, found almost
nine-in-ten teachers believed that a lack of sleep was a major
issue among children, and that a third encountered problems on a
daily basis. Many teachers believed that this was caused by too
many distractions in the bedroom, including games machines, TVs and
access to the internet.
Siôn Humphreys, policy advisor for the National Association of
Head Teachers, said: "A tired and irritable child will not thrive,
particularly in the active and pacey modern classroom."
The survey took the views of 250 primary school teachers and was
carried out to tie in with a Sleep Council campaign to promote the
importance of a decent night's sleep. The campaign often comes to a
fore in March, which has been dedicated as National Bed
Posted by Michael Ewing