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What we know about children’s and young people’s sleep in South Gloucestershire

What we know about children’s and young people’s sleep in South Gloucestershire

The following data are from the most recent South Gloucestershire health and wellbeing online pupil survey[1].

  • 31% of Y6 pupils (10/11 years old) report regularly going to bed at 10pm or later.
  • 29% of Y4, 5 & 6 pupils (7-11 years old) report taking 2 or more hours to go to sleep once in bed.
  • 31% Y4, 5 & 6 pupils are spending this time watching TV or playing computer games.
  • 82% of Y8&10 pupils (13-15 years old) report regularly going to bed at 10pm or later.
  • 20% of Y8&10 pupils report being so worried about something quite often/most nights that they cannot sleep at night.

 

Deficit sleep in children and young people

Figure 5 shows as children get older they are getting less sleep than the recommended amount.  These data are taken from the most recent South Gloucestershire health and wellbeing online pupil survey, where pupils were asked to select what time they went to bed and what time they woke up.

 

Figure 5

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The effect of sleeping habits on primary and secondary pupils’ mental health and emotional wellbeing

Figure 6 highlights how time taken to get to sleep at night impacts on the mental health and emotional wellbeing. Those pupils who report going to sleep in less than one hour after going to bed are more likely to have good mental health and emotional wellbeing than those pupils who take more than 2 hours to go to sleep.

 

Figure 6

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[1] Health and Wellbeing online pupil survey (OPS) summary reports for 2014 and 2017 accessed here