Sleep is essential for maintaining levels of cognitive skills such as speech, memory and innovative and flexible thinking. Children who do not get enough sleep are at greater risk of becoming obese as older children and adults. They will also struggle to concentrate in the classroom; their behaviour may become affected.
Every child will need a different amount of sleep, but making sure they have a safe, regular bedtime routine to help them sleep well is important. Speak to both parents and children about the importance of a good night's sleep.
Sleep and Health PostNote from Parliamentary office of science and technology
Waking up to the health benefits of sleep report by Royal Society for Public Health and the University of Oxford
Advice and resources
Public Health England Year 6 lesson plan pack: Pupils explore the benefits of good quality sleep and learn strategies for better sleep
Sleeping Problems advice from Mentally Healthy Schools
Healthy sleep tips for children from the NHS
The Sleep Council sleep advice for children