Webinar Video Archive
Let’s Sleep! hosts free online webinars monthly featuring sleep experts, school administrators, and other professionals. These webinars are open to school administrators, teachers, school board members, parents, teachers, health professionals, students, and the general public.
Sleep: The Gift of Mom’s and Dad’s Dreams
Funke Afolabi-Brown, MD
Recorded May 30, 2023
Let’s Sleep! is restarting our webinar series with a loving focus on moms, dads, and other caregivers raising children. We recognize that your devotion and passion for the health and well-being of children and families have powered our efforts to improve sleep for adolescents. Now, we bring you a webinar to help you focus not only on your children’s sleep, but also on your own. Join us for an enlightening hour with Dr. Funke Afolabi-Brown.
Funke Afolabi-Brown, MD is a board-certified pediatric pulmonologist and sleep medicine physician. She is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and Founder of RestfulSleepMD. She’s passionate about helping people discover sleep as their superpower. She helps busy moms and their children prioritize sleep to thrive, achieve their optimal physical, emotional, and mental well-being, and to live life to their fullest potential.
- Why parents aren’t sleeping (hint: sometimes because our kids aren’t sleeping)
- Tips to set bedtime limits and tools to help our children stay in bed (and sleep)
- Strategies to keep your mind from racing and set boundaries for your own health
- How peri-menopause and menopause affect our sleep and what we can do about it
Key Topics: parenting, sleep hygiene, sleep health
Rise and Shine? Teens, Sleep, and School
Lisa Lewis, MS
Recorded November 15, 2022
Lisa Lewis, author of “The Sleep Deprived Teen,” discusses the widespread implications of teen sleep deprivation, the impact of school start times, and other ways parents and schools can help.
Lisa L. Lewis, MS, is a freelance journalist who covers the intersection of parenting, public health, and education. Her book, The Sleep-Deprived Teen: Why Our Teenagers Are So Tired, and How Parents and Schools Can Help Them Thrive, is an outgrowth of her previous work on the topic, including her role in helping get California’s landmark legislation on healthy school start times passed.
Key Topics: teen sleep, school start times, advocacy
How Today’s Health Practitioners Innovate, Collaborate, & Educate to Improve Teen Sleep
Bert Mandelbaum, MD
Deborah Steinbaum, MD
Marcela Betzer, MPH
Judith Owens, MD, MPH
Recorded April 20, 2022
Bert Mandelbaum, MD is a practicing pediatrician in Princeton, New Jersey. Dr. Mandelbaum is also Chair of pediatrics at Penn Medicine Princeton Health and the Co-Chair of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (NJAAP) Task Force on Adolescent Sleep and School Start Times.
Deborah Steinbaum, MD is a primary care pediatrician and school physician in Northern New Jersey whose focus is on improving mental health in primary care. She is board certified in General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics, serves on the NJAAP Task Force on Adolescent Sleep and School Start Times, and leads the Ridgewood, NJ Chapter of Start School Later.
Marcela Betzer, MPH is a Program Director at NJAAP, where she directs a pediatric clinician education and quality improvement program to support increased access to mental/behavioral health services for children and adolescents. Marcela coordinates the NJAAP Task Force on Adolescent Sleep and School Start Times and she is the East Brunswick, NJ chapter leader of Start School Later.
Judith Owens, MD, MPH is Co-Director of the Pediatric Sleep Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and a Professor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Owens is the Editor-in-Chief of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and President of the International Pediatric Sleep Association. She serves on the Board of Directors for Start School Later and is a member of the Sleep Number Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Owens will also present the Sleep Number Research Spotlight.
- How your practice can support healthy sleep for teens in your community
- How to build a coalition to advocate public policy that supports teen sleep
- Ways to collaborate with school & elected leaders for sleep-friendly hours
- Approaches to working with educators to improve sleep health learning
- Importance of expanding awareness of adolescent circadian rhythms
Key Topics: teen sleep, school start times, advocacy, health professionals, collaboration, circadian rhythms, public policy, patient education, medical training
Sleep Disorders: How to Recognize Them
in Kids and When to Get Help
Julie Flygare, J.D.
Indira Gurubhagavatula, MD, MPH
Stuart Quan, MD
Peter Polos, MD, PhD, FCCP, FAASM
Recorded March 3, 2022
Sleep disorders in children, adolescents, and adults are common, yet they’re often under-recognized and under-diagnosed. Although sleep is especially important for the development, health, mood, and learning of growing children, approximately 25% of kids and adolescents will experience some type of sleep-related problem. And the sleep of the entire family can suffer. Our internationally recognized panel of experts will explain what we need to know about the most common pediatric sleep disorders and how we can help our kids get the support and health-sustaining sleep they need.
Julie Flygare, J.D. is a leading ambassador for narcolepsy and sleep, and a strong advocate for patient-centered research and the importance of social support. She is an accomplished speaker, Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholar, and the award-winning author of Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy. As President & CEO of Project Sleep, Julie leads the organization’s patient-driven advocacy, awareness, and education programs. For over a decade, she has fostered a variety of successful collaborations including bringing together 29 patient advocacy organizations to co-lead World Narcolepsy Day and launching the Sleep Advocacy Forum to elevate the sleep community’s profile on the national policy stage. Julie has lectured at numerous professional meetings across the U.S. and keynoted conferences in Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Australia, and the United Kingdom. She has co-authored papers in peer-reviewed publications and authored a chapter in a narcolepsy clinical textbook. Julie received her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from Boston College Law School focusing on health law and rare disease drug development.
Indira Gurubhagavatula, MD, MPH is Director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Training program at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic at the Crescenz VA Medical Center. She was the 2021 recipient of the Mark Hatfield Award of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) for her work in health policy and advocacy in sleep medicine. She served as past chair of Public Safety Committee and the Sleep and Transportation Safety Awareness Task Force of the AASM. She has also served on the Board of Directors and was past President of the Pennsylvania Sleep Society. Her focus on preventing drowsy-driving related car crashes in teens has led her to her work in school start times, a major contributor to teen sleep deprivation and sleepiness. She has also authored language on teen drivers’ education manuals regarding drowsy driving and worked to inform senators on the issue of drowsy driving in teens. She has published articles, given lectures, chaired prior symposia, served as a keynote speaker, and consulted across the country on School Start Times and teen health and safety.
Stuart Quan, MD is a Senior Physician in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Gerald E. McGinnis Professor of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In addition, he is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Arizona where he was Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Associate Head of the Department of Medicine, Program Director of the GCRC and Director of the Sleep Disorders Center. He also is an adjunct faculty member in the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine and is the initial recipient of an award for editorial excellence named in his honor. Dr. Quan also has served as the president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and served on several medical organization boards. He is the recipient of the Nathaniel Kleitman Distinguished Service and William C. Dement Academic Achievement Awards, both conferred by the (AASM). Dr. Quan’s current research activities focus on the epidemiology of sleep and sleep disorders, particularly sleep disordered breathing, and providing healthy sleep education for the general public. He has written over 300 publications in scientific journals and books and authored a number of educational products for the general public.
Peter Polos, MD, PhD, FCCP, FAASM will also present the Sleep Number Research Spotlight. Dr. Polos is Associate Professor of Sleep Medicine at Hackensack JFK Medical Center, Edison, NJ. He is also attending physician at Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ. He is board certified in both pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine. Dr. Polos holds a PhD in microbiology and immunology, with a specialty in virology. His career has spanned private practice in pulmonary, critical care, sleep medicine, clinical research, and academics. He is the former Global Director of Scientific Affairs for the Respiratory/Allergy Franchise at Merck and Co. He has been an active faculty member in sleep medicine, training sleep specialists for many years. Throughout his career, he has been involved in all aspects of clinical trial design and implementation. He has designed global respiratory studies in adult and pediatric patients. Dr Polos is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed publications and over 30 abstracts. He has presented data in over twenty-five countries and has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international scientific symposia.
Who Should Attend
Key Topics: sleep disorders, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, sleep apnea, circadian phase shift, teen sleep, circadian disorders, sleep hygiene
The Happy Teenage Sleeper:
Practical Tools to Make the Dream a Reality
Heather Turgeon, MFT
Julie Wright, MFT
Peter Polos, MD, PhD, FCCP, FAASM
Recorded February 17, 2022
Being a teenager today is tougher than it needs to be, but there is a lot we adults can do to restore happiness and wellbeing to their lives. Let’s start with sleep. Insufficient sleep is one of the most pervasive threats to our teenagers’ physical and mental health, causing higher rates of anxiety, depression, suicide, diabetes, and car crashes. But the good news is that it is also one of the most treatable. Drawing upon scientific research and extensive experience counseling families, a duo of child and family therapists specializing in sleep will share insightful and practical tools the entire family can use to help teens get the sleep they desperately need.
Heather Turgeon, MFT and Julie Wright, MFT are psychotherapists, sleep specialists, and authors of the popular parenting books, The Happy Sleeper and Now Say This. Their new book is called Generation Sleepless: Why tweens and teens aren’t sleeping enough, and how we can help them (Penguin, March 2022). As founders of The Happy Sleeper, Heather and Julie help families with babies, kids, and teens sleep well. Heather’s writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post. She lives in Los Angeles and has a (well-rested) tween and teen. Julie is the creator of one of LA’s best known parenting programs, The Wright Mommy and Me. She lives in New York City and has a young adult son.
Peter Polos, MD, PhD, FCCP, FAASM Associate Professor of Sleep Medicine at Hackensack JFK Medical Center, attending physician at Morristown Medical Center, and internationally acclaimed author of over 30 scientific publications, will present the Sleep Number Research Spotlight.
Who Should Attend
Key Topics: sleep-friendly schools, sleep hygiene, phone use, screen time, social media, parenting, night-owls, healthy habits
A Summary and Panel Discussion of the
Summit on Teen Sleep and School Start Times:
The Evidence, Conclusions, and Opportunities
Rafael Pelayo, MD
Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD
Recorded January 21, 2022
After California became the first U.S. state to require school start times that prioritize adolescent sleep health, Start School Later spearheaded a virtual summit of experts across multiple disciplines, including health, education, equity, and transportation safety. The 2-day summit—hosted by Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine in 2021 and supported by the National Sleep Foundation and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine—confirmed the need for and feasibility of later start times for adolescents. The interdisciplinary group of nearly 100 experts reviewed existing research, recommended future research focus areas that could advance and assist implementation of healthy school start times, and identified unique opportunities (and challenges) to conduct research while most California schools begin to implement middle school start times of 8:00 a.m. and high school start times of 8:30 a.m. by the July 1, 2022 deadline. The peer-reviewed paper summarizing the summit’s findings is published in the Feb. 2022 scholarly journal, Sleep Health.
Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD, Executive Director and Co-founder of Start School Later, Lead Author of the publication in February 2022 journal, Sleep Health.
Joy Wake, Advocacy Director for Start School Later, CA Outreach Coordinator for Let’s Seep!
Who Should Attend
Key Topics: School Start Times, California, Sleep Research, Circadian Rhythms
Serenity and Sleep Amidst Seasonal Stress,
Anxiety, and Excitement
Danny Lewin, Ph.D., D.ABSM, CBSM.
Recorded December 8, 2021
Who Should Attend
Key Topics: Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia, Mindfulness, Emotional Health, Mental Health
Adolescent Sleep and Safety: What Every Parent, Practitioner, and Policy Maker Needs to Know
Dr. Judy Owens
Recorded November 8, 2021
Dr. Judith Owens is Co-Director of the Pediatric Sleep Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and a Professor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. She is an internationally recognized authority on pediatric sleep and the author of over 175 original research and review articles in peer-reviewed journals, chapters, and books on the topic. Her research interests are in the neurobehavioral and health consequences of sleep problems in children and adolescents, sleep health education, sleep public policy, and cultural and psychosocial issues impacting on sleep. Dr. Owens is the Editor-in-Chief of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and current President of the International Pediatric Sleep Association. She received her medical degree from Brown University and a Master’s in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Minnesota. She completed fellowships in Behavioral Pediatrics at Minneapolis Children’s Medical Center and in Child Psychiatry at Brown University.
Who Should Attend
Key Topics: Drowsy Driving, Safety, School Start Times, Daylight Savings Time, Changing Clocks, Circadian Rhythms
Immune Function, Sleep, and Circadian Rhythm:
Understanding the Crucial Connection
Dr. Charles Czeisler
Recorded October 21, 2021
- The processes by which sleep helps us stay healthy and protect against illness
- The relationship between sleep and inflammation, and why it matters for health
- How the timing of sleep influences the immune system
- How age, gender, genetics, and societal factors impact our immunity and sleep
- How much sleep is necessary for optimal antibody production after vaccinations
- Practical tips to improve the quality and quantity of sleep in daily life
Key Topics: immune system, vaccines, infectious disease, recovery, COVID, circadian rhythms
Sleep and Teen Athletic Performance and Recovery
Brendan Duffy, CCSH, RPSGT
Meeta Singh, MD
Virend Somers, MD, PhD
Recorded September 21, 2021
Brendan Duffy, CCSH, RPSGT, is Director of Sleep Services for Catholic Health Sleep Services on Long Island. He is a Registered Sleep Technologist with more than 24 years of clinical experience. He also is a Certified Clinical Sleep Educator and the Athletic Liaison for Start School Later. He was a travel coach for several baseball and roller hockey teams in the NY area. Brendan has spoken nationally about sleep’s impact in several areas of our health and performance and has appeared on NY network TV, Bethpage Black PGA Golf Radio, and other media venues. He has a special interest in studying sleep in athletes and its effect on recovery, performance, and injury prevention.
Meeta Singh, MD, is a sleep doctor whose work and research focuses on “Coaching the sleep muscle” to maximize performance in both individual athletes and sports teams. She is President and CEO of the Performance Sleep Practice. Dr. Singh served as the Sleep Consultant to the US Soccer Women’s National team for the Olympics 2021, and is currently serving as the Sleep Consultant for NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB teams and college athletic teams. In addition, Dr. Singh works with C-suite executives to help with jet lag management and enhancing sleep. She did her training in psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic, a Sleep Fellowship at the Henry Ford Hospital, and is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (under the American Board of Medical Specialties) as a psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist. She is a member in good standing of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society.
Virend Somers, MD, PhD, Director of the Cardiovascular Facility and Sleep Facility in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at Mayo Clinic, will present the Sleep Number Scientific Advisory Board Research Briefing.
- How sleep affects athletes’ performance and health
- Why sleep is a new frontier in performance enhancement
- How sleep boosts recovery and reduces injury
- Strategies to make sleep a gamechanger for your team
Key Topics: athletics, morning routine, coaching, sports, training, performance, injury, recovery, adolescent circadian rhythms, school start times, parenting
Getting Sleep-Ready for Back to School
Dr. Craig Canapari, Yale School of Medicine
Recorded August 4, 2021
Craig Canapari, MD, is a pediatrician specializing in sleep medicine and pulmonology at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, the Director of the Yale Pediatric Sleep Center, and the proud dad of two young sons. He received his BA from Yale, his MD from the University of Connecticut, and completed his medical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Canapari is an acclaimed researcher and author, and a dynamic speaker and content creator who has helped thousands of children and their parents get the sleep they need.
- What your family can start doing today to get sleep-ready for back to school
- Morning routine changes for more wakeful days and earlier bedtimes
- Tips for limiting nighttime electronics that can actually work
- How to get buy-in from your teens and preteens to avoid arguments
- What to do when factors beyond your control contribute to kids’ sleep loss
- A last summer vacation that might actually help your kids go to bed earlier
Key Topics: back to school, morning routine, getting kids to bed, nighttime electronic use, adolescent circadian rhythms, school start times, parenting
Aligning Secondary School Schedules With Adolescent Sleep Needs:
Dr. Judy Owens, Harvard Medical School
Tom Platt, Decision Support Group
Recorded June 21, 2021
Dr. Judith Owens is Co-Director of the Pediatric Sleep Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and a Professor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. She is an internationally recognized authority on pediatric sleep and the author of over 175 original research and review articles in peer-review journals, chapters, and books on the topic. Her research interests are in the neurobehavioral and health consequences of sleep problems in children and adolescents, sleep health education, sleep public policy, and cultural and psychosocial issues impacting on sleep. Dr. Owens is the Editor-in-Chief of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and current President of the International Pediatric Sleep Association. She received her medical degree from Brown University and a Master’s in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Minnesota. She completed fellowships in Behavioral Pediatrics at Minneapolis Children’s Medical Center and in Child Psychiatry at Brown University.
Tom Platt is the owner of Decision Support Group, a school transportation consulting company focused on developing solutions to support healthy and safe student access to school. For more than 20 years, Tom’s work has been at the intersection of controlling transportation costs while maximizing the usefulness and effectiveness of transportation services. He has supported school districts in the areas of routing efficiency assessments, operational performance evaluations, technology acquisition and implementation, and implementation of broad scale organizational transformations. He has also managed a number of high-profile school start time projects, including those in Fairfax County, Virginia and Greenwich, Connecticut. Tom holds a degree in Maritime Transportation from the Maine Maritime Academy, and a Master of Business Administration with a focus in logistics and operations from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.
Key Topics: adolescent circadian rhythms, school start times, sleep and health, school bus logistics, athletics, school policy
And Their Impact On School-Age Youth
Dr. Azizi Seixas, NYU Langone Health
Dr. Amy Wolfson, Loyola University Maryland
Recorded May 19, 2021
Azizi Seixas, Ph.D.
Dr. Seixas is an Assistant Professor at NYU Langone Health, in the Department of Population Health and Department of Psychiatry, where he serves as Director of Early Career Faculty Development for the Department of Population Health. Dr. Seixas is the Chair of the Young Investigator Research Forum, as well as a member of the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning sub-committee at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Seixas serves on the mental health task force at the NCAA and at the Department of Defense. An internationally-recognized expert, Dr. Seixas has over 100 high impact, peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and conference presentations broadly focused on two research areas: 1) Determinants of cardiovascular and cardiometabolic disease/conditions, mental health, and brain health, and 2) Developing adaptive, precise, and personalized behavioral interventions to improve health and well-being with the use of machine learning, translational artificial intelligence, and digital technology. Recognized as one of the top 100 Inspiring Black Scientists in America by Cell Press, Dr. Seixas is a sought-after speaker on a variety of public health topics, and has appeared on several media outlets, such as CBS, CNN, NBC, Associated Press, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and is the sleep expert for NBC Health News.
Amy Wolfson, Ph.D.
Dr. Wolfson is a Professor of Psychology at Loyola University. She received her AB in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Her longstanding scholarship focuses broadly on adolescents’ sleep health and daytime functioning with a deep commitment to preventive-interventions, including delaying school start times and her Sleep-Smart program for early adolescents. Her current collaborative work (with Maryland’s Department of Juvenile Services, Drs. Marianna Carlucci and Stephanie Crowley, Rush Medical College, and Loyola students) is examining the sleep health, schedules, and environment of youth residing in the juvenile justice system. Moreover, she is also working with colleagues at the University of Houston and Fairleigh Dickinson University on a study examining sleep in the foster care environment, and with colleagues at Johns Hopkins on improving sleep for hospitalized children. Dr. Wolfson is one of the co-authors on the AAP 2014 Policy Statement on healthy school start times and co-edited Sleep Health’s special issue on school start times. Dr. Wolfson is an Associate Editor of Sleep Health and on the Board of Directors of Start School Later. In all of her sleep health projects, she loves engaging her students in her passion – sleep health research and interventions!
Key Topics: equity, health disparities, economic Inequality, sleep disorders, insufficient sleep in youth populations
Teenagers, Sleep, & Mental Health:
The Crucial Connection for Policymakers, Practitioners, & Parents
Wendy Troxel, Ph.D.
Recorded April 19, 2021
- Why sleep is particularly important for healthy adolescent development
- How sleep affects teens’ mental health, emotion regulation, and suicidality
- The biological changes that cause teenagers’ later sleep and wake cycles
- How we can use lessons from the pandemic to improve teens’ sleep health
- What students, parents, and guardians can do at home to get more sleep
- School-based practices to improve teens’ sleep, mental health, and equity
Wendy Troxel, PhD, Senior Behavioral Scientist – RAND Corporation, Adjust Faculty – University of Pittsburgh
Key Topics: mental health, circadian phase shift, emotional regulation, suicidal ideation, sleep hygiene, school-based practices to address teen sleep, home-based advice to improve teen sleep
Adolescent Sleep Health:
What Schools, Parents, Teachers, and Students Can Do
Rafael Pelayo, MD and Chace Anderson, Ph.D.
Recorded October 28, 2020
- How sleep affects adolescent physical and mental health, suicide, and safety
- The biological basis for teenagers’ later sleep and wake cycles
- Why sleep is even more important during the pandemic
- What schools, parents, teachers, and students can do to improve teens’ sleep
- Why sleep-friendly school hours are essential for adolescent sleep health, learning, and equity, and how one superintendent of schools made them happen
Rafael Pelayo, MD, Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences – Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine
Dr. Pelayo is a clinical professor at Stanford University and the author of How to Sleep. Since 1993 he has been a part of the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic. He teaches the popular Sleep and Dreams undergraduate course and co-authored the textbook with Dr. William Dement. He serves in leadership positions for the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research at the NIH, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the National Sleep Foundation, Start School Later, and is the incoming president of the California Sleep Society.
Chace B. Anderson, PhD, Superintendent – Wayzata Public Schools, Minnesota
Dr. Anderson has been the superintendent of Wayzata Public Schools since 2008. He encourages a dynamic learning environment through great teaching, personalized learning, and technological advancements. Prior to Wayzata, he served as assistant superintendent and building administrator for Edina Public Schools and has held numerous education positions including building principal at the pre-K, elementary, middle, and high school levels and as a teacher and coach in Minnesota and Nebraska.
Key Topics: teen sleep biology, effects of sleep deprivation on teens, sleep-friendly school hours