School children are to be taught how to sleep. Sleep Scotland, a charity started in 1998 with money from the National Lottery, is to run sessions in Glasgow schools to teach pupils tips such as the importance of a bed-time routine and avoiding late-night television.
The advice for pupils is that they should be sleeping for more than nine hours a night.
I'm sure Sleep Scotland does sterling work with children who require additional help with severe sleep problems, but isn't this new 'idea' further reducing the role of parents? Surely it is the responsibility of parents to ensure their children have adequate sleep. Remove TVs and computers from bedrooms, that would be a start. Ensure their children don't go to bed hungry and go to bed at a sensible time for their age. It's not difficult. Of course there will be problems initially if they have been allowed television and computers in their rooms overnight, but a good parent will realise they only have themselves to blame.
Speaking of Sleep Scotland I wondered where their current funding is sourced as it seems the NLCB stopped funding it in 2002 and their income in 2009 was £427,597.00. I'm always wary of 'charities' which do not provide funding sources on their websites. Is this now another quango?
For those who may be considered insomniacs - did you know insomnia shrinks your brain?
If you do have trouble sleeping perhaps you can join the classes in the selected Glasgow schools.