The American Academy of Pediatrics in a new report is encouraging middle and high schools to push back start times. Students in later starting schools have less daytime sleepiness, fewer tardies, fewer attention difficulties and better school performance compared to students in early-starting schools. Thankfully, as my daughter starts middle school she begins at 8:30 which allows her to catch a few more zzz’s. Now if I could only convince my son’s elementary school to do the same because the 7:50 start time is killing me!
I hope everyone is having a great first week!
The tragic and shocking death of beloved comic and actor Robin Williams has slammed us with mental health media attention. If a man such as Robin Williams could quietly suffer so desperately with Depression and addiction we should be more vigilant and aware; encouraging and affirming those who need treatment. Mental health awareness needs to stay on the societal front burner so that the 60% of people in the U.S. who need help will seek it out. Time Magazine has an excellent article on suicide and depression as does CNN about children’s mental health needs that are often missed, misunderstood or ignored.
Do not let your kids see this! Researchers found that in a group of 60 to 89 year olds playing video games improved depression and cognitive functions better than antidepressants. I wouldn’t worry too much. The researchers say the effect is likely limited to older adults because depression is only linked to executive functioning in this older demographic.