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Seattle Schools Brace For A 'Historic' Scheduling Change

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.24.2016 | Politics

In November 2015, the Seattle School Board voted to delay school start times for high school students so they could get more sleep. At the time, board...

Seattle Public Schools Give Sleep A Chance

Sharon Peaslee | Posted 08.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Sharon Peaslee

Seattle is the largest urban district in the US to switch to later start times for adolescents, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics a...

More Schools Delay Opening Bell for Sleep's Sake

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD | Posted 08.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD

Schools in at least sixteen states are planning to ring morning bells later this school year to improve student sleep, health, and learning. While s...

How Starting School Too Early Is Hurting Teenagers' Health

The Huffington Post | Madeline Diamond | Posted 07.07.2016 | Healthy Living

Starting school early in the morning is making it hard for teens to get enough sleep. It all comes down to biological factors. According to clinical ...

One Teen’s Crusade To Make Sure His Classmates Get Enough Rest

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.29.2016 | Healthy Living

Matthew Daniels, a junior at Unionville High School in Pennsylvania, knows how to make all of his classmates happier, healthier and safer with just on...

Sleep-Friendly Schools: There Oughta Be A Law

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD | Posted 06.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD

I used to think school start times should be a local decision -- until I spent 15 years working to get my district to delay a 7:17 a.m. school bell that made my children sick and chronically sleep-deprived.

Doctors Urge Schools To Start Later So Teens Can Sleep Longer

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living

The American Medical Association on Tuesday urged starting school later in the morning for teenagers so they can get enough sleep. In a new policy ado...

Why School Start Times Play A Huge Role In Kids' Success

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living

Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia did it. Seattle Public Schools is doing it. Madison School District in Wisconsin is considering doing it. A...

The Start School Later Movement Is Ringing Through Pennsylvania

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD

Most Pennsylvania middle and high school students start class too early in the morning to get healthy sleep. This could change soon thanks to legislation just introduced by Representative Tim Briggs of Montgomery County, which directs the state department of education to study the relationship between teen sleep and school start times.

New Jersey Schools Consider Later Start Times

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 05.12.2016 | Healthy Living

New Jersey education officials on Tuesday wrapped up a series of hearings to discuss whether middle and high schools in the state should adopt a later...

Sleep or Sports: Which Is More Important for Teens?

Sharon Peaslee | Posted 05.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Sharon Peaslee

The bottom line is sleep enhances athletic performance and participation. Students need both. Sports are not a substitute for adequate sleep, and it's not in the best interest of students to power through fatigue.

Maine Schools Team Up for Teen Health -- and Sleep

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD | Posted 04.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD

Chalk up another victory for teen sleep. The winners this time are students at four districts in Southern Maine, whose school boards have just voted in tandem to delay bell times to give them a shot at getting the sleep they need.

Massachusetts Is Waking Up to Sleep-Friendly Schools

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD | Posted 04.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD

Later, healthier, sleep-friendly school hours are a change whose time has come in Massachusetts. In the past month at least three districts have announced plans to delay the start of the school day to give students a chance for healthier sleep.

Is Sleep Worth The Price?

Sharon Peaslee | Posted 02.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Sharon Peaslee

With so much research showing that teens need more sleep why aren't all school districts switching to later start times? Some say it costs too much, but does it really?

High Schools Finally Realize Teens Need To Sleep More

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.17.2015 | Healthy Living

SEATTLE (AP) -- More school districts around the U.S. are heeding the advice of scientists who have long said that expecting teens to show up to class...

Teens Aren't Getting Enough Sleep And Schools Are Partly To Blame

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.08.2015 | Healthy Living

Most kids are severely sleep deprived, and early school starting times aren't helping. Across the country, only 17.7 percent of middle and high school...

Stand Up for Sleep-Deprived Students

Vicki Abeles | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
Vicki Abeles

For growing teens, this daily trudge is more than a minor annoyance. Countless studies and medical experts are sounding the alarm (no pun intended): Insufficient sleep is endangering our students' health and learning.

How Students Could Benefit By Having A Later Start Time At School

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Live | Posted 03.06.2015 | Healthy Living

The American Academy of Pediatrics has urged schools to push back their start times to help give students a full nights sleep. We discuss the pros and...

Why More Schools Are Letting Their Students Sleep In

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 02.27.2015 | Healthy Living

It can be downright Sisyphean to get a teenager out of bed. Just like adults, they're often significantly sleep-deprived -- and the first period bell ...

The Science-Backed Reason Schools Should Start Later

Posted 02.13.2015 | Healthy Living

Only 3.8 percent of public high schools in the United States start at 9 a.m. or later -- particularly troubling for the teens who learn there, who can...

Teens Need More Than Just Later School Start Times to Fix Their Sleep

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

Monitor your teen for signs of excessive sleepiness, and when present, take steps to address it. A later school start time does not shield your teen from excessive sleepiness.

Rebecca Klein

Pediatricians Officially Want High Schools To Start Later

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents

Studies have shown that it helps, top education officials have recommended it, and now doctors are officially saying the same. On Monday, the Amer...

Why Teens Need To Start School Later

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gail Gross

What you may not realize is that your child is not lazy at all. In most cases your teen is just not getting enough sleep. Now, schools across America are recognizing this and starting to take action accordingly.

Joy Resmovits

Can Sleeping Improve School Performance?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.03.2012 | Education

In high school, Melissa Edwards woke up at 6:30 a.m. to catch a bus. It was dark, she was tired and the school's 7:15 a.m. morning bell forced the St....

WATCH: Harvard Professor Argues For Later School Start Times

Posted 03.14.2012 | Healthy Living

As part of National Sleep Awareness Week, the National Sleep Foundation's annual campaign to remind people about the importance and value of sleep, Th...