There are many ways to engage in this work with various stakeholders.
LEARN – EDUCATE – INFORM – ADVOCATE – DONATE
Learn More about Sleep and School Start Times
Access the many resources available on this site. Start with Evidence Summary section of our Teen Sleep Loss Toolkit for a review of the research. You will also find two step-by-step guides for engagement in your community – “
If you want to learn what national organizations support later start times, like the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control go to this page of our toolkit.
Educate Children about Sleep
Teach children good sleep habits from an early age like maintaining a consistent bedtime, getting enough of sleep, limiting caffeine and turning off the TV, cell phone and video games before bed. Check out these Sleep Tips to learn more. The impact of sleep loss is important to know, especially teenagers who are at a greater risk for anxiety/depression and drowsy driving.
Inform School Leaders
School leaders need to hear from community members who support later school start times for teenagers. You can use this School start times template letter (from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine) to start the conversation in your school district.
Let them know we have sleep educators who can present on the impact of sleep to community members, staff and students themselves.
Contact your legislator (click here to find who represents you) and ask them to support the Minnesota Sleep Society legislation calling for all secondary public schools to start no earlier than 8:30 am.
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