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Teachers Say Lack Of Sleep Devastates School Day

By sleepcounciladmin on March 1, 2012

Teachers Say Lack Of Sleep Devastates School Day  We’ve been astonished at the findings from our recent teachers’ survey which looked into the sleep of primary school children and how it affects them at school.

Did you know that nine out of 10 teachers (92%) complain that pupils are so tired they are unable to pay attention in class? And that more than a third (38%) said lack of sleep among youngsters is a daily problem for them.

Nearly nine out of 10 teachers (88%) felt that too many distractions in the bedroom (games machines, TVs etc) were at the root of the sleep related problems along with the fact parents are simply not strict enough about enforcing bedtimes (82%).

It would seem lack of sleep has now become so widespread in primary schools that nearly a quarter (24%) of the teachers questioned admitted that they had had to resort to letting children who are very tired sleep in a corner of the classroom.

For two thirds of teachers (65%) the problem is so serious they consider that the long term progress of their pupils can be affected while nearly half (48%) said lack of sleep made children unruly and badly behaved.

These are some shocking statistics!

However one good point that came out of the survey was that More than half (55%) of the teachers questioned agreed that the brightest children in the classroom are the best slept and most wide awake.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, but a good night’s sleep is vital. And for children, a decent night’s sleep will help them to do better at school, will make them less susceptible to colds and other minor ailments, less irritable and better behaved!

The poll of 250 primary school teachers was conducted for us, as we launch our first ever ‘sleep awareness’ project for primary schools – “Better Brains with More Sleep” – as part of National Bed Month (March). It aims to teach children aged 8-11 the importance of a good night’s sleep and the factors – such as regular bedtimes and a good bed – that can affect it.

What are your thoughts on our survey? Do you know children who are often tired because they don’t go to bed early enough? Or do you have children and do you follow a relaxing bed routine and enforce bed times?

Would love to hear from you.

Lisa – The Sleep Council

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5 thoughts on “Teachers Say Lack Of Sleep Devastates School Day

  1. This is really shocking news, but brilliant that this research has been done as it brings a heightened awareness to the subject, so well done for that! We agree, the main problem is the increase of technological gadgets that children seem to have in their bedrooms nowadays. In my opinion the worst being the ease at which children can access the interent 24 hours a day. We always recommend that the bedroom should be technology free in an evening to help wind down for bedtime. You often see very young children with smart phones, and some parents may not realise exactly what their children can access, especially at night when you may think your child has gone to sleep. Children may not be aware of the importance of sleep and the impact that it can have on their day, so we think what your doing is fantastic, and vital in increasing awareness of this problem.

  2. Thanks Charlotte. It is a problem that really does need addressing. You are quite right in that children can now access the internet 24 hours a day – quite scary really! And like you the advice should be that rooms are technology-free from a set time onwards. Children need to wind down properly before bed.

  3. I totally agree, when my children are tired they turn to monsters and whilst I hope they are better at school it seems to make sense that their ability to learn anything would not be good. My son now loves bedtime due to the cheap novelty monster bed I bought him, it makes bedtime more fun and definately less stressful.

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