In a January article in the Democrat & Chronicle, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Jack Peltz weighs in on the consequences of inadequate sleep for teenagers.
The article, “Schools hit snooze button on later start time,” comes amid debates in Upstate New York communities over high school start times. Despite research showing that “high school students need more sleep than younger children or adults,” the article notes that schools are loathe to change their schedules.
Peltz, who recently received a grant from the National Sleep Foundation to examine influences on insufficient sleep in high school students, explains that the “big issue is, adolescents are going through…physiological and biological changes that literally push them to want to stay up later and wake up later.”
In addition to other factors effecting sleep like electronic media use and over-scheduling, Peltz says that “you can think of teenagers as living in a different time zone with the nature of their sleep, but they’re forced to go to school in this time zone.”
Peltz, who joined the faculty in 2013, earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester, his M.A. in child development from Tufts University and his B.A. in Japanese from Middlebury College. He recently published articles detailing his research on sleep: one in the Journal of Family Psychology and another in Sleep Health, the journal of the National Sleep Foundation. A third, co-authored with HWS student researchers, is in press at Emerging Adulthood.