USA Today: Experts agree sleeping in class doesn’t always stem from laziness, and instead  could be a sign something more serious is going on. 

Catchings, the social worker and therapist, says the teachers who  let their students sleep in class may have the right idea.

“What we see from teachers recently in allowing them to sleep (during) classes is ‘Let me see what the concern is. I can let them sleep. I can always communicate with them or try to investigate what is going on and then help the child,'” she says.

She says the next important step is to involve a parent, counselor or both.