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Marching ahead with the latest research, Start School Later's brand new education initiative, and with a powerful new ally!


Arianna Huffington's New Book Highlights School Start Time Issue

Our powerful new ally is The Huffington Post's Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, whose new book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time, urges action to start school later! We are so pleased that this advocate for sleep heath is joining the chorus for school hours that give students a chance to get healthy sleep.

A Day at The Huffington Post

"Amazing day yesterday at the Huffington Post headquarters in New York, making Start School Later videos for distribution via HuffPost Rise and filming Arianna Huffington for Sleep 101" - Start School Later Executive Director and Co-Founder Terra Ziporyn Snider, March 18, 2016


Sleep Deprivation Nation: Spring Forward

A recent study of college students suggested that the spring-forward process really is more disruptive to the sleep-wake cycle than falling back. One chronobiologist even  "...believes that our sleep clock might not ever adjust to our self-imposed DST shifts."


Sleep 101: Filming, Creating, Educating

Healthy Hours, our education arm, is collaborating with the nation's top sleep researchers to develop and pilot Sleep 101, an interactive, online sleep education program for tomorrow's future decision-makers: incoming college students. This month we filmed portions of the course on the campus of Loyola University in Baltimore, where we interviewed students and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Amy Wolfson, a renowned expert on sleep and school start times and a member of Start School Later's Board of Directors


New Study: Sleep Deprivation Hurts Learning, Even Days Later

"Perhaps the most important finding of the current work is that even students from top schools who regularly sleep 2 to 3 h less than recommended for their age on weekday nights experience significant neurobehavioral deficits when exposed to partial sleep deprivation." conclude researchers in a new study just published in Sleep"Residual effects on sustained attention, speed of processing, and subjective alertness can still be observed even after 2 nights of recovery sleep."

Education Week Writes about Start Times

"We need to change school start times, and in the meantime, it starts in the home. You have to make sleep a priority. Sleep is a pillar of health. It's as important as eating and breathing. Sacrificing it is only to our society's detriment." Lisa J. Meltzer, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the National Jewish Health in Denver and a member of our Advisory BoardClick here for more news.

Petition: New Goal 15,000 Signatures

Our national petition aims to promote legislation to prevent public schools from starting before 8 a.m. Sign here and share to help spread the word!

Joining the "8:30 Club" 

Quote of the month, regarding Nauset High School in Cape Cod, MA, which decided in 2012 to push their 7:25 a.m. start time back to 8:35 a.m.: "The results were instantaneous. More students showed up to school refreshed. Tardiness fell by 35 percent, and the number of Ds and Fs dropped by half."  Read more.

Pedestrian Safety and Sleep Deprivation

A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association shows that an estimated 2,368 pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2015, an increase of 10% over the same time period the prior year. 

There is clear research linking pedestrian accidents to sleep loss, such as this virtual reality crosswalk study of 14 and 15 year olds, where the researchers conclude with three primary considerations - one of which is school start times. 

Legislative Updates

  • In Washington StateSB 6429. a study of student achievement and related outcomes with later start time, recently passed by the state senate and now moving on to the House of Representatives.
  • Maryland HB39/SB224 - Orange Ribbon for Healthy School Hours, a no-cost incentive program to reward districts that have or are working toward appropriate school hours, was passed by the Maryland House of Delegates this week! Interviews with the bill sponsor and summary of support and opposition here. On to the Senate.
  • In MassachusettsS254, authorizing a study of starting times and schedules, has also just passed out of Senate Committee 2016.
For more information on these and other legislative efforts around the country, check out the legislation page on our website. 


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