A Huffington Post news report discusses the importance of teaching the value of sleep to children.
A University of Michigan researcher studied the power of sleep knowledge with 152 low-income preschoolers. Over eight 40-minute sessions in school, the 4-year-olds were taught about sleep habits: why animals and people need sleep; how reading is more relaxing before bed than watching TV; how 8:00 p.m. is a good bedtime. The kids did activities like practicing putting a teddy bear to bed; reading Goodnight Moon; and sequencing the steps in a bedtime routine. Parents set up a bedtime routine chart at home.