Should School Start Later? Harvard Professor Discusses Kids' Lack Of Sleep (VIDEO)

03/14/2012 08:19 am ET

As part of National Sleep Awareness Week, the National Sleep Foundation's annual campaign to remind people about the importance and value of sleep, The Huffington Post and The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health collaborated on a live webcast event titled "Fighting the Clock: How America's Sleep Deficit is Damaging Longterm Health."

In this highlight from the event, Susan Redline, M.D., M.P.H., professor of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School, discusses school start times. Current school start times force children to go to class at times when, according to their natural, biological rhythms, they should be asleep, she explains, leading to mood problems and poorer academic performance.

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