WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 26, 2014) – On August 25, 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement on school start times and insufficient sleep among American adolescents. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) commends the AAP report.
The NSF is working with U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren of California to introduce federal legislation to address the relationship between school start times and adolescent health, wellbeing and performance.
The following statement may be attributed to Rep. Lofgren.
“Sufficient sleep is critically important for the health, wellbeing and performance of adolescents. As I have long advocated, and as the American Academy of Pediatrics recently confirmed, adjusting school start times can be an important tool to improve students’ sleep. This fall, I’m looking forward to working with the National Sleep Foundation to commission a study and recommendations from the Department of Education. This will help local school districts recognize and use new information about the importance of sufficient sleep and the impact school starts can have on adolescent wellbeing.”
The following statement may be attributed to the National Sleep Foundation.
“The National Sleep Foundation has long recognized that our nation’s teenagers are sleep deprived. We are encouraged by any measure that will improve sleep health and wellbeing. School administrators, local school boards and parents should continue to embrace these efforts and be engaged in the discussions about sleep need and sleep deprivation in the adolescent population; these groups should continue to revisit the impact this may have on school start times. The positive effects of adequate sleep are unyielding.”
For additional information, please view the NSF’s 2014 Sleep in America® poll: Sleep in the Modern Family and the 2006 Sleep in America® poll: Teens and Sleep.
About the National Sleep Foundation
The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving health and wellbeing through sleep education and advocacy. It is well known for its annual Sleep in America® poll, Sleep Awareness Week® and Drowsy Driving Prevention Week®. The Foundation is a charitable, educational and scientific not-for-profit organization located in Arlington, Va. Its membership includes researchers and clinicians focused on sleep medicine, health professionals, patients, families affected by drowsy driving and more than 900 healthcare facilities. www.sleepfoundation.org.