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 in Neurodivergent Children and Teens

Beth Malow, MD, MS

Recorded January 17, 2024


Sleep is a major problem for many neurodivergent children and lack of sleep can affect how children behave during the day. Sleep can also affect school performance. Sleep problems aren’t unique to neurodivergent children, but recommendations about how to address sleep problems, side effects from medication, and family routines are not one-size-fits-all. Please join us to learn what children, teens, parents, caregivers, healthcare providers, and school staff can do to help ensure that children (and families) get a great night’s sleep and feel energetic and ready to learn.

During this one-hour webinar, we will:

– Describe common sleep problems in children who are neurodivergent
– Identify the causes and contributors of sleep problems in this population
– Explore the behavioral and medical treatments for sleep problems in children with autism, ADHD, anxiety, epilepsy, and other neurodivergent populations


Beth Malow, MD, MS, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, is Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics and Director of the Vanderbilt Sleep Division. The mom of two adult sons on the autism spectrum, she has focused her clinical practice and research on improving sleep in neurodivergent populations. Dr. Malow has published and lectured widely on how to help families access sleep education and on the safety and effectiveness of supplemental melatonin for sleep.

Key Topics: parenting, neurodiversity, sleep hygiene, sleep health, clinical practice, sleep medicine, autism, ADHD

Rising Melatonin Use in Children and Teens Worldwide: Essential Insights for Caregivers and Healthcare Providers

Judith Owens, MD, MPH

Paul Gringras, MD

Recorded November 6, 2023


Melatonin use in children has been growing. The licensure and regulation of melatonin varies across the world. In the United States, for example, melatonin is considered a dietary supplement and available over-the-counter, while in many parts of the world it is licensed under specific and strict guidelines and available by prescription only.

There is evidence showing that melatonin can be effective in children and young people with insomnia and with some circadian rhythm disorders. While there is robust evidence about the use of melatonin for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, there is a dearth of studies on its use in typically developing children. The International Pediatric Sleep Association (IPSA) recently formed a Melatonin Task Force with members from all parts of the world to conduct a rigorous review of the recent literature regarding the efficacy and adverse effects of melatonin in children, including those with special needs. With the release of the IPSA expert consensus paper expected soon, join our webinar to gain an international perspective from two members of the task force.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine have encouraged parents to talk to their child’s primary care provider before giving melatonin to children. Primary care providers, parents, and caregivers need accurate information and guidance about the safety and efficacy of melatonin in children.


Judith Owens, MD, MPH is a Professor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized authority on pediatric sleep and the author of over 200 original research and review articles in peer-reviewed journals, chapters, and books on the topic. She has been active in pediatric sleep clinical work, research, and education for over 30 years. 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 current President of the International Pediatric Sleep Association (IPSA). Dr. Owens 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.

Paul Gringras, MD is Professor of Sleep Medicine, King’s College London and Consultant in Pediatric Neurodisability and Sleep Medicine, at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He is founder of one of the few UK pediatric specialist sleep clinics with a holistic approach that addresses behavioral, genetic, and neurological causes of sleep disorder, in addition to more common sleep-related breathing problems.

Professor Gringras lectures internationally and has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and books with a focus on the causes and treatment of sleep disorders in children with neurodevelopmental problems. His research includes epidemiological work as well as interventional studies, including two of the largest randomized controlled trials of melatonin in neurodevelopmental disorders to date. He leads two National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) intervention studies and pioneers on cutting-edge machine learning approaches to the diagnosis of narcolepsy.

Professor Gringras is the President Elect (IPSA) and serves on the British Paediatric Sleep Association executive committee.

You'll Learn
  • What insomnia treatment goals should be in children and young people
  • What data is available on the efficacy of melatonin:

o  in children with neurodevelopmental disorders and insomnia

o  in typically developing children with insomnia

  • What common side effects of melatonin are and recent safety concerns, including the variability of actual melatonin amounts in over-the-counter preparations in the US
  • How families obtain and use melatonin around the world
  • Where to find additional resources, including information about melatonin use in children with a neurodevelopmental disorder
  • How caregivers and providers can help children with insomnia before turning to melatonin

Key Topics: parenting, sleep hygiene, sleep health, clinical practice, sleep medicine

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.

You'll Learn
  • 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

Adolescents are the most sleep-deprived age group. While individual behavior changes and medical treatment can help, education and public policy –
including later school hours – are often necessary to improve teenagers’ sleep health. Leading health professionals are finding innovative ways to build coalitions with peers and their community to advance needed change. Our expert panel, including leaders from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (NJAAP), will share how every health care professional can play a role to help create a community that supports sleep and improves adolescents’ health, safety, and learning.

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.

You'll Learn
  • 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
Parents and guardians, and anyone who cares about kids’ health, including health practitioners, psychologists, school nurses, counselors, teachers, principals, coaches, and policy makers. 

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
Parents and guardians, and anyone who cares about teens, including health practitioners, psychologists, school counselors, teachers, principals, coaches, and policy makers

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

Joy Wake

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.

Rafael Pelayo, MD, Clinical Professor, Sleep Medicine Division, Stanford University School of Medicine. Since 1993 Dr. Pelayo 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 also authored the book How to Sleep. Dr. Pelayo 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, and Start School Later, and is the California Sleep Society’s incoming president.

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhDExecutive 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
Policymakers, health practitioners, community leaders, and educators, including nurses, counselors, psychologists, teachers, safety officers, superintendents, administrators, and board members.

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

The Holiday Season can bring joy, togetherness, and sleeplessness. Keeping up with social obligations and striving to meet the expectations of friends and family can cause stress and anxiety, which may contribute to poor quality sleep and diminish enjoyment of the season. Healthy sleep is essential for our physical and emotional health year-round. Join us to learn how to decrease stress and anxiety, optimize sleep, and enjoy the Holidays.
Danny Lewin, Ph.D., D.ABSM, CBSM.
For 20 years Dr. Lewin served as the Associate Director of the Pediatric Sleep Medicine Program at Children’s National Hospital and as an Assistant Professor at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Lewin also served as a program director at the NIH, National Center on Sleep Disorders Research. He has authored dozens of chapters and scientific papers on sleep health and is deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve thousands of patients and train hundreds of health care providers to improve sleep health and well-being. 



Who Should Attend
Anyone who wants to improve their wellness, health, serenity, and sleep, or help others improve theirs.

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

It’s no secret that teenagers don’t always make the best decisions; it’s age appropriate. And there’s no question that parenting adolescents can be fraught with worry. No wonder. Teens are at higher risk for car crashes, substance use, suicide, depression, and impulsivity. And most are sleep-deprived. But there’s good news: Science-informed practices and policies that support sleep are proven to help teens thrive, and they literally save lives.

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
Parents and guardians, students, policymakers, health practitioners, and leaders at the community and school level, including nurses, counselors, psychologists, teachers, safety offices, superintendents, administrators, and board members.

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

While we sleep, our immune system is working to protect us from illness. So what happens if we don’t get enough sleep? Multiple scientific studies reveal that disruptions to sleep and circadian rhythm weaken our immune response and make us more susceptible to disease, allergies, viruses, and even cancer. Conversely, ample and well-timed sleep boosts our immune function, reduces infection risk, and even improves antibody production after immunization. Recent advancements in our understanding of sleep and the immune system have exciting and wide-ranging application in disease prevention, public health, medicine, and policy.
Charles Czeisler PhD, MD, FRCP
Director of the Sleep Health Institute and Chief of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders in the Departments of Medicine and Neurology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital; the Frank Baldino, Jr., PhD Professor of Sleep Medicine, Professor of Medicine, Director of the Division of Sleep Medicine, and an Affiliate Faculty Member in the Neuroscience Program at Harvard Medical School. His research is in the field of basic and applied research on human circadian rhythms and sleep-wake function and the impact of sleep loss on vigilance, neurobehavioral performance, and health. An internationally acclaimed pioneer in his field, Dr. Czeisler has earned awards too numerous to mention over his nearly 40 year career. He continues his scientific research, and he teaches the wildly popular course at Harvard, ” Sleep.”
You'll Learn
  • 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

Dream Season:

Sleep and Teen Athletic Performance and Recovery

Brendan Duffy, CCSH, RPSGT

Meeta Singh, MD

Virend Somers, MD, PhD

Recorded September 21, 2021

Sleep affects athletic performance – including reaction time, energy level, memory, and accuracy. Sleep also plays a vital role in post-exercise recovery and reducing the risk of sports-related injuries. Athletes may need more sleep than non-athletes. Coaches and athletes who recognize the importance of sleep are using sleep to gain a winning edge. Join us for an illuminating discussion between sleep health professionals who work with school-age, collegiate, and professional athletes to foster sleep to improve sports performance, health, and quality of life.

Brendan Duffy, CCSH, RPSGTis 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.

You'll Learn


  • 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

It’s not too early to start your family’s transition from summer sleep to school sleep. We all want our kids to start school bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but the sudden earlier wake-up times can wreak havoc on students’ mood, health, and learning, and impact driver safety. With prior planning, persistence, and patience — and some practical evidence-based tips from a renowned pediatrician — your family can start the school year with sleep on your side.

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. 

You'll Learn


  • 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:

An Introduction


Dr. Judy Owens, Harvard Medical School

Tom Platt, Decision Support Group

Recorded June 21, 2021

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.

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 adolescentssleep 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

Sleep Disparities

And Their Impact On School-Age Youth


Dr. Azizi Seixas, NYU Langone Health

Dr. Amy Wolfson, Loyola University Maryland

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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