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Tips for avoiding (sleep) debt during the holidays

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

During the holidays, we can set ourselves up for the accrual of a long-term sleep debt if we don't make sleep a priority. (What is sleep debt?)

Here are some tips for avoiding sleep loss whenever possible and getting the best sleep you can during a hectic time.

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Seattle Public Schools launch new start times

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Seattle teens are making history when they start school this September.

The Seattle Public Schools board of directors decided last November to delay bell times for teen students in response to local concerns from medical professionals, parents, educators, and students regarding the rising epidemic of sleep deprivation nationwide.  

This fall, all of the district's high schools and most of its middle schools will start school 8:45am, with many elementary schools flipping to a 7:45am start time. A few elementary and K-8 schools will also start later, at 9:35am. 

Last year, dozens of medical professionals, including our very own sleep specialist, Dr. Gandis Mazeika, contributed to a 37-page recommendation report researched by the Seattle Public School (SPS) district's Bell Times Analysis Task Force.

Published in July 2015, it was instrumental in inspiring the change toward later school start times for teens in Seattle schools, a decision that is still controversial for many.

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What Is Sleep Debt and Why Should I Avoid It?

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

You've probably heard the term "sleep debt" and wondered what it means.

Are hours of sleep something you can set aside in your own personal circadian bank to spend later?

Can you really pay back lost sleep? If so, how?

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