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The Student Sleep Debt Crisis: How We Can Help

In the last 100 years, the average time U.S. citizens spend sleeping has dropped by 20%. We now live in a 'round-the-clock society, awash in caffeine and sleeping pills. Children and young adults are particularly vulnerable to this stress. How are our schools' environments and culture contributing to poor sleep? How does that impact students' learning, well-being and mental health? What practical changes can we make at the individual, family, school, and community level to promote healthy sleep?

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Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how sleep allows the brain to promote learning, process emotions, strengthen the immune system, and build resilience.
  2. Realize how modern environments, both physical and virtual, negatively impact sleep.
  3. Identify practical ways communities, schools, families, and individuals can assess sleep problems and work to promote healthy sleep for students.



J Roxanne Prichard, Assoc Professor, Scientific Dir, Center for College Sleep

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