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National Sleep Foundation Sponsors Summit on Adolescent Sleep and School Start Times

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National Sleep Foundation Sponsors Summit on Adolescent Sleep and School Start Times


Washington, D.C. (January 8, 2021): The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is sponsoring an upcoming Summit on Adolescent Sleep and School Start Times, hosted by Stanford Medicine. The Summit will open a dialogue among researchers to consider the research needs and unanswered questions related to the mandate for later start times in school systems in the state of California and beyond. The Summit will be held online from January 22-23, 2021.

California law SB328 was enacted October 2019, mandating middle and high school start times of 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM, respectively, or later for all public schools. The three-year implementation period offers an unprecedented opportunity for sleep and circadian researchers to assess the impact of start time change across a broad range of outcomes. 

“The National Sleep Foundation is committed to improving adolescent sleep health and is proud to support the goals of this program and the research community, related to analyzing and implementing changes in school start times. Adequate sleep duration is critically important to adolescent health,” said Lauren Hale, PhD, Board Vice Chair of the National Sleep Foundation and a workshop facilitator at the Summit.

The Summit will give participants from a wide variety of academic disciplines and locations the opportunity to learn, discuss and make recommendations regarding future research, and explore potential new collaborations.

Registration for the Summit is currently open.


About the National Sleep Foundation

National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. Founded in 1990, the NSF is committed to advancing excellence in sleep health theory, research and practice.