Harvard Sleep Expert to Speak in Davis

Sleep Deprivation

teen-sleep-deprivationDr. Charles Czeisler to address teen sleep deficiency and school start times

The Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD) is very proud to welcome Charles Czeisler, Ph.D., M.D., to Davis for a special presentation on Monday, November 9, 2015, about the epidemic of sleep deficiency and its effects on student success, and the role of school start times. The topic is timely in Davis where the issue is being studied closely.

“Over the last year, DJUSD students, teachers and staff have met to deliberate starting secondary school later in the day in order to provide more sleep for teens and to promote more academic success and health. We are excited that Dr. Czeisler will be speaking to our community on this important topic and we encourage parents and students to take advantage of this unique opportunity to listen to an expert in this field,” said Matt Best, Associate Superintendent of Administrative Services.

Charles Czeisler, Ph.D., M.D., is the Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine, Director of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders in the Departments of Medicine and Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. The DJUSD Later Start Committee has invited Dr. Czeisler to discuss:

  • health, performance and safety consequences of sleep deficiency in adolescents,
  • the physiological and behavioral factors that contribute to adolescent sleep deficiency,
  • what steps can be taken to improve personal sleep habits of children and adults
  • what steps might be taken by the community, such as delaying school start times.

Czeisler is a known expert in the field and has been vocal about links between adequate sleep and safety. “Most parents, when they’re surveyed, say the health of their kids, the safety of their kids and their performance at school are their top priorities,” said Czeisler. “If that’s the case, health, safety and performance are all improved when school start times are moved later.”

The event is open to the public and will be held on Monday, November 9, 2015, in the Veterans Memorial Theatre (203 E 14th Street) at 6:00 pm.

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