Ep. 7: Giving Teens the Chance to Dream with Irena Keller of Start School Later

“When teens wake up earlier, it cuts off their dreams. We’re not giving them a chance to dream.” ~Rafael Pelayo, MD, Stanford University Sleep Disorders Clinic

In today’s episode I talk with Dr. Irena Keller, who has a PhD in Change, Development, and Plasticity from University of California, Berkeley. She is the leader of Start School Later’s California Chapter and an active supporter of California Senator Anthony Portantino’s Start School Later Bill, which would require high schools across California to start after 8:30 a.m. We discuss the science of sleep, the benefits of later start times, and the progress of the bill in the California Legislature.

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Bills Episode 7: Giving Kids the Chance to Dream with Irena Keller

Be sure to listen to Bills Episode 5 for a teacher’s perspective on the topic of start times.

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Mr. Scorziell created The Edge of Ideas when he was 15 years old. After a few years of blogging he found a passion for podcasting and now regularly has guests on his show, Bills with Luke Scorziell. Find out more about Luke and his unique journey. Feel free to send Luke a message below.


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