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Want to Start School Later? You May Want to Move to California

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD | Posted 02.16.2017 | Education
Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD

If Senator Anthony Portantino gets his way, California will be the first state in the nation to ensure that teenagers can go to school without sacrif...

National Conference to Help Schools Set Later, Sleep-Friendly Start Times

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD | Posted 01.07.2017 | Healthy Living
Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD

Communities looking for ways to run schools at times that allow teens to get healthy sleep will want to check out the first-ever national conference o...

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...

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.

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.

Maryland Ties Orange Ribbon On Sleep-Friendly Schools

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD | Posted 05.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD

Maryland's governor made history last week by enacting the Orange Ribbon Bill for Healthy School Hours, the nation's first legislation to help schools...

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.

Sleep Deprivation Is a National Crisis. Let's Not Waste a Good Crisis!

Sharon Peaslee | Posted 03.22.2017 | Healthy Living
Sharon Peaslee

Essentially Seattle Public Schools has woken up to the real needs of the whole child. Teens need sleep. All students need multiple supports. The crisis is in the logistics and the funding, but if that stops us we're not doing our jobs.

Five Things About Teen Sleep You May Not Know

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD | Posted 03.08.2017 | Healthy Living
Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD

That's why in honor of the National Sleep Foundation's Sleep Awareness Week (March 6-13), the Start School Later team has rounded up some often overlooked facts about teen sleep, including some shareable messages:

Is Sleep Worth The Price?

Sharon Peaslee | Posted 02.20.2017 | 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?

A Call to Start School Later

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD | Posted 02.10.2017 | Healthy Living
Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD

These hours have been linked to teen sleep deprivation and a laundry list of associated health, safety, and school problems, including obesity, depression, car crashes, truancy, tardiness, and substance abuse.

Examining The Effects Of Mobile Phones On Kids And Teens

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We have some waiting to do before we see the results of the ongoing RF EMF study on children. But that doesn't mean you have to wait idly. There are a number of steps you can take today to help ensure your child's use of mobile phones isn't disrupting sleep:

Teens Who Stay Up Late Are More Prone To Weight Gain

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.18.2015 | Healthy Living

While night owls may crow about their high IQs, heightened creativity and supposed “night strength," there is at least one disadvantage to the late ...

Why Parents Should Ban Smartphones From Their Kids' Bedrooms

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.23.2015 | Science

Should parents ban smartphones from their kids' rooms at night? It's probably a good idea, according to new research. Why? Because more than 20 percen...

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...

Can Sleep Problems in Teens Predict Substance Abuse?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Sleep problems can set teens up for increased risk of substance use and abuse and the dangerous behaviors associated with alcohol and drugs. Poor and insufficient sleep also makes teens more likely to experience other health problems.

How A 17-Year-Old Gave Her School A Big Wake-Up Call

Posted 08.13.2014 | Teen

Jilly Dos Santos, 17, convinced her school to push its start time back so students could get more sleep -- and other schools are following her lead. F...

LOOK: Sleep-Deprived Teens Are More Likely To Engage In These Risky Behaviors

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 05.01.2014 | Healthy Living

Averaging less than six hours of sleep a night doesn't just make for a sleepy teen -- a new study in the journal Preventive Medicine shows it could al...

Is It Time To Start School Later?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Many parents and school officials will likely have their own schedules and routines affected by any changes. But even small delays in favor of students can have significant effects on the quantity and quality of their nightly rest, their physical and emotional health, and their performance at school during the day.

Are You Counting Tweets Instead Of Sheep?

This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools. By David Rodriguez, Lane Te...