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Why Teens Should Sleep In On School Days

Getting up for school was never an easy task. And for teens who need extra sleep, that’s especially true. Laci reports on the science that argues all teens should be allowed to hit snooze and sleep in.

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School Start Time and Sleep

“Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” said Ben Franklin. But does this adage apply to teenagers?”

Adolescence and the Brain

“In making “Inside the Teenage Brain,” we seemed to hit a nerve — a parental one — when we began looking into the world of teenagers and how they sleep. The patterns that young teens seemed to be experiencing — an inability to go to sleep at night, followed by profound drowsiness on waking — seemed so pervasive that it should come as no a surprise that what parents were seeing at home had already been corroborated in university sleep labs at Stanford and Brown.”

“A later start to the school day could help teenagers get the most from their classroom time and local districts should consider delaying the first bell, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday.”

When Worlds Collide: Adolescent Need for Sleep Versus Societal Demands

“Given that the primary focus of education is to maximize human potential, then a new task before us is to ensure that the conditions in which learning takes place address the very biology of our learners, Ms. Carskadon points out.”

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