A number of primary schools have resorted to running classes to help parents get their children to sleep on time. The Daily Mail reported on 27th July that some pupils are turning up to lessons too tired to function. It is essential for their development that children sleep properly and are not allowed to swap their beds with TV and other distracting technology at bedtime. Parents who allow their children gadgets such as gaming consoles in their bedroom are on the rise. This coupled with a poor diet and a lack of daytime exercise is causing sleep deprivation among children. Workshops have been conducted at several primary schools in Bournemouth by Dr Andrew Mayers, a sleep expert and senior lecturer in psychology at Bournemouth University. Ideally he would like the programme to be rolled out further so other children can benefit. Sion Humphreys, of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: “A tired and irritable child will not thrive, particularly in the active and pacy modern classroom. We are particularly concerned about the still small but rising number of pupils who stay up late engaged in online gaming.” So, if you are in need of some help to get your child to bed keep an eye out for a sleep workshop near you.