Sleepy Teens: A Public Health Epidemic
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December 1, 2016
Most middle and high schools in the United States start at or before 8:00 a.m. But major medical organizations recommend that these schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
In this TEDx talk, RAND senior behavioral and social scientist Wendy Troxel discusses how early start times clash with adolescent biology, contributing to an epidemic of sleep deprivation.
Wendy Troxel, Senior Behavioral & Social Scientist, RAND Corporation
Sleep deprivation leads to a higher mortality risk and lower productivity levels among the workforce, putting a significant damper on a nation's economy.
The fire and resulting closure of the Liberty Bridge is forcing some Pittsburgh high school students to sacrifice sleep to meet a new 7:11 a.m. start time. Sleep loss has consequences for adolescents' minds, bodies, behavior, and for public safety.
School schedules can bring sleep-defying stresses to kids and teens. But there are many things that parents can do to get their families “sleep-ready” for the school year.
In this podcast, learn about current RAND research on sleep and the social environment and why it should factor into such policy decisions as setting school start times, scheduling workers' shifts, and ensuring the health and readiness of U.S. military personnel and their families.