PARENTS are being offered classes on helping primary school children sleep because more and more pupils are too tired to cope in lessons.
Experts are teaching the importance of sticking to bedtime routines and restricting children’s night-time use of video games, mobile phones and computers.
Teachers are increasingly reporting cases of pupils falling asleep at their desk or having problems concentrating due to a lack of sleep.
Poor diet and a lack of exercise are also common causes of sleep deprivation among youngsters.
Up to 40% of children suffer sleep problems, according to sleep expert Dr Andrew Mayers, causing poor concentration and hyperactivity.