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Sleep Ambassador Program Educates Teens on Importance of Sleep

Sleep Ambassador Program Educates Teens on Importance of Sleep

The CDC estimates that 70 percent of adolescents are not averaging enough sleep- a problem considering how important sleep is for adolescents' productiveness.

While many schools are seeking to address the problem by delaying school start times to give teens more time to sleep, a Stanford program is visiting nearby high schools to train teenagers about the “profound value of shut-eye,” says The Seventy-Four.

Since 2006, student educators from Stanford University have been meeting with teenagers from Menlo-Atherton High School to tell them about the benefits of getting 8-10 hours of sleep a night and the disadvantages that come with getting less.

"The sleep ambassador program started in 2006 by concerned parents who reached out to Stanford sleep researchers William Dement, MD, PhD and Mark Rosekind, PhD, who is now the administrator of the National Highway Safety Traffic Safety Administration,” said The Seventy-Four.

"The program originated at Menlo-Atherton and this year is being expanded to two additional high schools in Palo Alto, according to Childhood.”

Since implementation, students who have gone through the program have had positive things to say.

"I think the biggest takeaway from the lecture was how vital sleep is for memory retention and consolidation of memory, which is really important as a student because we're constantly trying to cram information,” student Nora Siegler told CBS, according to The Seventy-Four.

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

3/24/2016

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