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School start times are designed for everything but the kids we're trying to educate

In a release urging later start times, the policy statement's lead author, Dr. Judith Owens, says that chronic sleep loss in children and adolescents is one of the most common -- and easily fixable -- public health issues in the U.S. today. Teens who get enough sleep, she says, are less likely to...

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The teenager’s behavior had become vexing. It seemed she was always on the verge of a small explosion, frequently argumentative and sometimes overly emotional. Her mom described her as frequently frustrated and said her grades were slipping, which they’d never done before.
“I’m going to take her to a counselor,” her mom confided. “I honestly think she might be experiencing a mental illness.”
Thorough tests indicated my friend’s daughter was, in fact, sleep deprived. Between a homework overload, late-night text messages that periodically interrupted her sleep and an early morning school start, she was struggling. Getting ...


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