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Aligning Secondary School Schedules With Adolescent Sleep Needs: An Introduction

Dr. Judy Owens, Harvard Medical School

Tom Platt, Decision Support Group

June 21, 2021

4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT)

Many middle and high schools start too early in the morning for the biologically driven later sleep patterns of adolescents. The resulting sleep loss harms teens’ mental and physical health, safety, and learning – and it’s a barrier to equity. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association, and many other major health and education groups recommend that secondary schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later, and that’s why California passed the healthy school start times law. Today, as part of their pandemic recovery plans, a growing number of school districts nationwide are following the science and allowing teens to get the sleep they need to nourish the whole child and advance learning and equity. Experts in their fields will help you get started.


Let’s Sleep! & Let’s Sleep! CA are free community resources for practical, science-based information to help teens sleep and live better. Let’s Sleep! is an initiative of the nonprofit Healthy Hours, in partnership with Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders.


Our 2021 Let’s Sleep! webinar series is supported by:


Sleep Number’s goal is to improve the lives of 1 million youth through quality sleep by 2025.

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