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Rising numbers of teachers are having to allow pupils to catch up on sleep during the school day amid worries that more and more young children are staying up all night playing computer games.

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Rising numbers of teachers are having to allow pupils to catch up on sleep during the school day amid worries that more and more young children are staying up all night playing computer games.

Research shows that almost a quarter of primary school teachers have given children time out of lessons for a nap because they are too tied to pay attention. In many cases, it is feared over-indulgent parents are allowing children, many aged under 11, to have all-night access to the internet, games consoles or television instead of enforcing bed times.

The study carried out by the Sleep Council, found that more than nine-in-10 teachers believed lack of sleep was a major issue among children in their school and a third encountered the problem on a daily basis.

A survey of 250 primary school teachers was carried out to tie in with a Sleep Council campaign to promote the importance of a decent night’s sleep. In total, some 24% of teachers admitted resorting to “letting children who are very tired sleep in a corner of the classroom”.

Almost nine-in-10 teachers felt that children had too many distractions in the bedroom, including games machines, TVs and access to the internet, and this was “at the root” of sleep-related problems. Some 82% blamed parents for failing to enforce bedtimes. The research comes amid continuing fears over the link between poor parenting and children’s chances of a decent education.

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