Happy Sleep Week! We are thrilled to announced that we have been officially recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the IRS. This will allow us to continue to advocate for the health, safety and equity of public school students. Your support, in the form of donations, bumper sticker purchases, work in a local chapter and more, has made this possible, so thank you!
The week of March 2-9, 2014, is officially recognized as National Sleep Week by the National Sleep Foundation, culminating with Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, March 9th. Don't forget to set those clocks one hour ahead before going to bed on Saturday.
While daylight savings time is a welcome change for spring, it again shifts many high schoolers with early school start times with sojourns that happen before sunrise.
Remarkably, in an article
citing the sleep needs of children and adolescents, the National Sleep Foundation omitted early school start times as a contributor for reducing sleep. Citing that "Sleep is in large part under our control" the article implies that parenting is the key factor for eradicating the sleep debt that plagues so many students. It clearly demonstrates that many are still unaware that early starting school schedules conflict with the biological sleep cycles of students.
Start School Later In the News
The #StartSchoolLater movement is enjoying significant press. We recently made the front page of the February 17th edition of Milwaukee's Journal Sentinel. Executive Director Terra Ziporyn Snider was also recently interviewed by Houston's KPFT 90.1 FM Radio. Click here to see the most recent press about Start School Later, Inc.