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September 30, 2008


Get them up early several days in a row (try these techniques)and after a bit you may catch them yawning by 10 PM.

Of course, it may not be worth the effort.

My son gets up at 6:30, takes a shower, takes a nap (yes, a nap) gets dressed, eats & leaves for school at 7:30. Asked why he doesn't sleep 15 to 20 minutes later and skip the nap, he replied "you always need to lie down and rest after you shower." Is this weird or what?

Research shows again and again that teens' circadian clock is simply wired like a night owl. When will schools listen? I wouldn't mind starting my (elementary) day earlier and send my teen later.

Our school district tried to switch the bell schedule for the elementary kids to start early and high school teens to start late for this very reason-teens circadian clock. The parents fought and won the switch because the parents needed the high school kids home earlier in order to babysit the elementary aged siblings! aarrgh!

I just heard an interesting lecture by Dr. Mark Rosekind about the importance of sleep in general and especially for teens. I wrote about it on my blog and linked to his website. I've been even more diligent about guarding my kids bedtime (9 for the 13 yo and 10 for the 15 yo) My daughter's school enacted 1 day late start per week. It is a great idea! My blog is http://tangerinetimes.com/

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