A national poll featuring 2,000 children aged four to 11 found that the respondents were getting an average of seven to eight hours’ sleep a night, with only 18% getting the recommend 10 hours.
A new guide has now been published with tips and advice for parents and teachers to help children sleep better.
Bedtime anxiety is a fear or worry about going to sleep and reasons given in the research include fear of the dark., nightmares and a fear of sleeping alone. Other reasons include worries about school, including bullying.
The poll has been run by Silentnight and the new guide has been produced in conjunction with sleep poverty charity Zarach.
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