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Teaching children to sleep.

An article in the Telegraph reports how Professor Tanya Byron is claiming that sleep deprivation amongst children  is having drastic effects on children’s lives.

Professor Byron’s new television programme, Bedtime Live on Channel 4, will examine this issue and look at how sleep deprivation can affect the behaviour and learning of children. Writing in this week Radio Times Professor Byron claims that the results of  studies into sleep have found that a lack of sleep leaves children “unable to concentrate and learn, angry and impulsive and relying on high-sugar and high-fat foods to boost flagging energy levels”.

She suggests that parents are failing to teach their children to get sufficient sleep.

The first episode of Bedtime Live can be seen on Channel 4, Tuesday 19th March at 8pm.