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Podcast Episode 166: How School Start Times Could Be Hurting Your Teen’s Brain Development with Lisa Lewis

We all know that lack of sleep affects how you learn and develop. And we know that most teens don’t get enough sleep. They stay up late at night and then have to get up and start their school day before many of us parents even start our work day. But what if we told you there’s a reason for that, a biological one, and that chances are good that your teen’s current school start time conflicts with the current research on teen brain development?

In this podcast episode, we are talking with Lisa Lewis. She’s a parenting journalist and author of the book, The Sleep-Deprived Teen. Lisa focuses on the intersection of parenting, public health, and education, and helped spark California’s landmark healthy-school-start-times law.

We talk about how sleep deprivation heightens impulsive & risky behaviors (especially in teens), why the current school start schedule is the way it is in the U.S., and what parents can do to help their teen get enough sleep.

Resources We Shared In This Episode:

Lisa L. Lewis, MS, is a freelance journalist who covers the intersection of parenting, public health, and education.

The Sleep-Deprived Teen: Why Our Teenagers Are So Tired, and How Parents and Schools Can Help Them Thrive (Healthy sleep habits, Sleep patterns, Teenage sleep) by Lisa L. Lewis

Why School Should Start Later in the Day (Op Ed) by Lisa L. Lewis

Start School Later – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to healthy, safe, equitable school hours.

CDC article – Sleep in Middle and High School Students

Happy Parent Checklist – This FREE checklist gives you the step-by-step plan to delegate more to your family, feel less overwhelmed and connect in a positive way!

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Brie Tucker

COO/ Podcast Producer at No Guilt Mom
Brie Tucker has over 20 years of experience coaching parents with a background in early childhood and special needs. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Central Missouri and is certified in Positive Discipline as well as a Happiest Baby Educator.

She’s a divorced mom to two teenagers.

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