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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.

Register HERE for our June webinar (even if you cannot attend, all registrants will be emailed a link to the recording as soon as it becomes available). This month’s topic is:


Aligning Secondary School Schedules With Adolescent Sleep Needs: An Introduction

You can watch previously recorded webinars below.

Our 2021 webinar series is supported by:

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

Sleep Disparities

And Their Impact On School-Age Youth


Azizi Seixas, Ph.D. and Amy Wolfson, Ph.D.

Recorded May 19, 2021

Every child needs healthy sleep, yet not every child has equal access to it. In the United States, 30-40% of adults and 40-70% of adolescents report sleep deficiencies annually. People of color and low socioeconomic status populations have the highest prevalence of sleep problems, including sleep disorders, insufficient sleep, and irregular sleep-wake patterns. School-age children are no different. The consequences of poor sleep impact academic learning and absenteeism, mental health, risky behavior, and wellbeing. Yet sleep health disparities are often not considered in the school community environment. This webinar will describe sleep health disparities in youth, the consequences of insufficient, irregular, and misaligned sleep, and why understanding the disparities is important for effective and equitable health and education interventions.

 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

You'll Learn
  • 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

Dr. Wendy Troxel is an internationally recognized expert on sleep. She is a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation and Adjunct Faculty in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. A licensed clinical psychologist and certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist, Dr. Troxel and her published research have been widely cited by the media, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, ABC, CBS, NPR, and the BBC. Dr. Troxel has been featured in the National Geographic documentary Sleepless in America; her TEDx talk, Why Schools Should Start Later for Teens, has received over 2 million views; and she recently authored the book Sharing the Covers: Every Couple’s Guide to Better Sleep. The depth and breadth of her expertise, along with her engaging and entertaining presentation style, make Dr. Troxel a highly sought-after speaker who is uniquely positioned to discuss the crucial connection between sleep and adolescent mental health.

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

You'll Learn
  • 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

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