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Why injury? It's this simple: more children die from injuries every year than from the next three leading causes of death combined. Nobody knows this because no one is talking about it. In the U.S., one child dies every hour from an injury that could have been prevented. Around the world, a child dies every 30 seconds as the result of an injury. You don’t need to have a child to know that we can do better.


Be a Teen Sleep Champion

End Injury


This week is National Sleep Awareness Week and that has had us talking here at End Injury.

There is a lot of research that shows getting enough sleep is important for health. Did you know research has also shown that teens have different sleep cycles than kids and adults? Melatonin, the main hormone that makes us sleepy, releases at a later time in the evening. That’s why teens stay up late and aren’t sleepy when we are. It also means it is harder for them to be really awake and alert early in the morning.

This change in the sleep cycle during the teenage years makes it very difficult for teens to get a healthy amount of sleep if their school starts early (experts say teens shouldn’t start school before 8:30 am). The chief of Stanford’s Division of Sleep once said asking a teen to have a school start time of 7:00 am is like asking an adult to start work at 4:00 am.

Some school districts have recognized this and made the switch. School districts that have later start times for teens have seen a decrease in car crash rates and lower rates of sports injury. These districts have also reported fewer behavioral issues, higher scores on tests, and lower rates of depression.

Every school district makes its own decisions about things like what time to start. While it may be easier to keep the status quo, it is not always in the best interest of the students. Sometimes is takes someone willing to rock the boat for change to happen. Start the conversation with your school district. Visit Start School Later to find out more about the latest research, find people in your state and local area working on school start times, and get to resources that can help you become a teen sleep champion for your community.

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