Primary pupils need 9 hours sleep

 According to an article published on the BBC website last week ‘Primary school pupils need to have at least nine hours’ sleep each night or their capacity to learn will be impaired, say researchers’.

Quoting from research carried out on primary aged pupils in Spain, the article suggests that insuffient  sleep, or lack of a bedtime routine, can cause problems with language and writing. This is the latest study to show a link between lack of sleep and behavioural problems. A study in Finland showed that pupils who had less than 8 hours sleep a night showed the same symptoms as ADHD.