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Wake Up, Kids! Children, Sleep, & School


What teenager hasn't slept in until Noon on a weekend?

It comes as no surprise when you consider that teens need more sleep then their younger counterparts. So why, then, do we ask teens to be the ones to start the school day, as early as 7 a.m.? Why do their elementary-aged sisters and brothers get to start school later?

Friday in the first portion of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with two physicians about children, teens, and sleep. Stephen Lauer, Vice chairman for clinical affairs with the University of Kansas Hospital and Dr. Robert Beckerman, Section Chief of Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at Children's Mercy Hospital explain how much sleep kids should get versus the amount they normally do receive, what parents can do to help ensure that their children get more, and how sleep affects learning.

We'll also talk with Kyla Wahlstrom, Director for Center for Applied Research and Education Improvement at the University of Minnesota about her team's research into later start times for high school students.

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC. You can email him at <a href="mailto:Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org">Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org</a>.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.