Why Teens Brains Need Later Start Time

Having a hard time getting your teens to get out of bed in the morning for school? It’s not uncommon to hear the groans and moans as they slowly move around getting ready for school in the morning. According to Dr. Kyla Wahlstrom, teens may actually need an extra hour or two of sleep to help them perform better in school:

“I have been researching the impact of later high school start times for 20 years. Research findings show that teens’ inability to get out of bed before 8 a.m. is a matter of human biology, not a matter of attitude. At issue here are the sleep patterns of the teenage brain, which are different from those of younger children and adults. Due to the biology of human development, the sleep mechanism in teens does not allow the brain to naturally awaken before about 8 a.m. This often gets into conflict with school schedules in many communities.” – Dr. Kyla Walhstrom 

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Matt talks with Dr. Kyla Wahlstrom, a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota. Her research work over the past 25 years has examined school and district leadership and the outcomes that result from educational policy initiatives. She has been researching later high school start times for the past 20 years, including her recently completed 3-year study for the CDC. The results of that research were used by the American Academy of Pediatrics to inform their national policy statement in 2014 about the need for later high school starting times. Dr. Wahlstrom shares the research.

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How to Have Better Relationships with Your Teens

Struggling to keep up with your teenagers and all the crazy stuff they do or go through? You’re not alone. Raising a teenager can be difficult. Listen to some advice from Heather Johnson about how to better connect with your teen:

“Teenage life can be a lot of fun. We think of it as terrible sometimes, but if we can change our mindset that teenagers are terrific, then they can show you they’re actually pretty unbelievable people. We see it in our own home and with people I work with. We see teenagers as narcissistic and selfish but in reality, we need to cut them some slack. These sweet little things are just trying to figure life out. This time of their lives is the time that you as parents need to be most creative. Teenagers need autonomy, they need time to grow, and we can give that to them. You have to let them discover themselves, and at the same time, let you guide them and mentor them without them knowing. It’s a difficult task, but it can be done.” -Heather Johnson

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Matt talks with Heather Johnson, M.S., who has been an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University for nearly 10 years. She is passionate about teaching students the principles behind successful families and the importance of families spending time together. Heather and Dr. Matt talk about how to better connect with our teenagers.

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