Teenagers and adolescents are hard-wired to want to stay up late and sleep in. As a teacher, I noticed a lot of students were half-asleep in first period classes. Their brains want to be sleeping at 7:30 a.m.
Unfortunately, because of school start times, the older students are starting the earliest. There has been debate across the country about whether high school start times should be pushed back to take advantage of the kids' natural sleep cycles.
Short of a change in the school schedules, what can parents do to make sure their teens and middle schoolers are unplugging and getting to bed early enough to function in the morning?
Let us know what you think.