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Sleep Code for Children

Charles Leadbeater in the Demos think-tank report Dream On: Sleep in the 24/7 Society makes several recommendations for addressing what he call the 'sleep deficit', including:
A 'Sleep Code' for children, similar to the Highway Code, instilling good habits such as:
  • Going to bed at a regular time
  • Avoiding eating and drinking before bed
  • Avoiding other stimulants before bed such as watching screens*
  • Establishing a regular wind-down routine before bed-time
  • Teachers could encourage sleep diaries in which children and parents can monitor performance against sleep patterns
  • Government-funded research to assess the impact of sleep on learning and strategies to support better sleep patterns
  • Special help for children living in chaotic households

* For some research on this and other ways to get toddlers to sleep click here:



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