By sleepcounciladmin on August 15, 2012

SLEEP COUNCIL WINNER TO ENJOY OLYMPIC DREAM  The Sleep Council has helped a young schoolboy achieve his Olympic dream!

Young Tommy Frederick Barter of North Tawton Community Primary School in Devon was the winner of a Sleep Council competition to design an Olympic themed bean bag.

The competition was part of a resources pack run through schools by The Sleep Council as part of its first-ever nationwide ‘sleep awareness’ education project in primary schools.

And as the winner, Tommy was presented with a specially made bean bag featuring his very own design. It was printed onto a ‘Kids Baz Bag’ from Bean Bag Bazaar, the UK’s leading designer and retailer of bean bags and bean-filled furniture. In addition to winning a prize for himself, Tommy’s top artwork also scooped a £250 sports equipment voucher for his school.

Said Jessica Alexander of The Sleep Council: “Tommy’s colourful design captured the spirit of the games as well as the importance of a good bed to a good night’s sleep perfectly. We had some terrific entries from all over the country so he beat a lot of other children to win.”

The Sleep Council’s free learning resource was provided to schools nationally, with the aim of teaching primary school children the importance of a good night’s sleep and  factors – such as regular bedtimes and a good bed – that can affect it.

It followed the results of a survey of 250 primary school teachers which revealed that lack of sleep among primary school children is having a devastating effect in schools. Nine out of 10 teachers (92%) complained that pupils are so tired they are unable to pay attention in class. More than a third (38%) said lack of sleep among youngsters is a daily problem for them.

The learning resource, entitled ‘Better Brains with More Sleep’, consists of four lesson plans for 8-11 year olds and is still available from Lisa Artis at The Sleep Council, email lisa@sleepcouncil.com

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