New York Times Article on The Science of Adolescent Sleep

This article from yesterday’s New York Times highlighted the feelings of many presenters at a recent conference on adolescent sleep, health and school start times that was held in Washington D.C. The entire article, in linked here, is worth reading.  The quote below is from Dr. Daniel Buysse, professor of sleep medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

“Their sleep drive takes longer to build up than it did in childhood, he said. “They don’t reach that critical level of sleepiness till a later time at night.”

A student who could handle elementary school starting at 9 a.m. may have to contend with middle school starting at 8 a.m. just as social demands and his or her own sleep cycle shift later, putting development, biology, social connections and academic expectations into conflict.


Dr. Owens Complete Presentation – The Case for Delayed School Start Times

The entire presentation by Dr. Judith Owens, Director of The Center for Sleep Disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital,  that was made on April 6 at BHS has been made available thanks to Burlington Cable Access Television. You can view it below.

Pediatric Sleep Expert Talks Later High School Start Times

This report is courtesy of BCAT TV

Dr. Judith Owens, Director of The Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, was at Burlington High to discuss teenage sleep cycles and the benefit of later school start times. The school district is considering pushing back the start time for Burlington High School.

Sleep Expert to Lead Presentation on the Benefits of a Later School Start for Teens

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Judith Owens,  Director of The Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, will join us in the BHS Auditorium Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to share her expertise on the benefits of a later school start time for teenagers.

Dr. Judith OwensThe Case for Delaying School Start Times Presentation

Two Takes on Later school start times: One for and one against

A new study on the benefits of later school start times for teenagers was highlighted in an article by Carolyn Crist of District Administration today:

“Many district administrators seem to agree that teenagers need more sleep. A new study released in February indicates that attendance and graduation rates may match the science, too…”

Read the remainder of the article at

On the other hand, an additional study from Surrey University and Harvard Medical School took a different point of view on the solution to tired teens. The article from, titled ‘Later school start time ‘not the solution’ for tired teens’, discusses the impact that light has on the sleep patterns of students. 

“The problem, they say, is teenagers’ exposure to light. Getting up late in the morning leads to them leaving the lights on later at night, which delays their biological clock – in turn making it harder to get up…”

Read the remainder of this article at

The Case for Delaying High School Start Times

Last week, Dr. Conti and Principal Sullivan had the opportunity to attend a regional workshop on the importance of starting high schools later. One presenter on the topic was Dr. Judith Owens, Director of Sleep Medicine at Boston Children’s’ Hospital. Dr. Owens was kind enough to share this presentation so that we could post it here for members of our school community to see.

We encourage you to take the time to review all of the slides, but if you are in a rush then please just skip ahead to slide 25 and look at the health and safety benefits that our students would enjoy with the move to later start times.

Research On Later School Start Times

Check below for a variety of research and news articles on Later School Start Times for teenagers.

Statements from Medical Organizations

American Academy of Pediatrics Statement on School Start Times for Adolescents

AMA Supports Delayed School Start Times to Improve Adolescent Wellness

From the National Sleep Foundation

Teens and Sleep

School Start Time and Sleep

Backgrounder: Later School Start Times

Eight Major Obstacles to Delaying School Start Times

General Advocacy Tips for Changing School Start Times

Research from the University of Minnesota

Students’ grades and health improve with later high school start times (March 2014)

Changing Times: Findings from the First Longitudinal Study of Later High School Start Times (December 2002)