Children “should be taught about sleep in schools”

Experts say sleep education should be added to the National Curriculum


Sleep experts have said the importance of a good night’s sleep should be taught in schools.


Teaching children the value of sleep should be given as much emphasis as healthy food and exercise in schools, said Dr Chris Idzikowski from the Edinburgh Sleep Centre.

There isn’t a requirement at the moment for schools to teach anything about sleep, but 62% of people in London believe sleep should be added to the National Curriculum.

Around eight in 10 people said a good sleep every night is the most important thing for a child, and 68% are worried about the amount of sleep their child gets.

“We teach children about nutrition and ensure regular exercise is part of their weekly activities but the third critical ingredient of a healthy lifestyle – sleep – is barely touched upon,” said Dr Chris Idzikowski.


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