Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee

Special Guest Dr. Terra Ziporyn Snider

Posted on 13 Jan 2012 - 3:27 PM by Dr. Brian Wind

This week on the Sleep Doctors, Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD will be talking about her efforts to establish a minimum school start time. The Sleep Doctors have explained delayed sleep phase issues in teens and will revisit these issues with Dr. Snider.  Tune in Sunday, Jan. 15, at 9am to understand the impact to our nation and the importance of her initiative.

This week on the Sleep Doctors, Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD will be talking about her efforts to establish a minimum school start time for our young people so that they can get more sleep. 

From the Start School Later website:

Many high schools start as early as 7:00 am and end seven hours later. Cost savings, such as being able to use buses two or more times for middle and elementary as well as high school runs have been cited as advantages. After school sports, fast food, retail and seasonal employers and other extracurricular pursuits have quickly adjusted to this early start. 

There is now compelling evidence that starting middle and high school before the sun rises is out of sync with the biological clocks of young people (people ages 12-25, which includes young teachers).


Tune in on Sunday, January 15, at 9am to learn more about Dr. Snider’s national initiateve.


Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. is the creator of a national petition for a minimum school start time, as well as one of the co-founders of Start School Later, a national coalition of health professionals, sleep scientists, educators, parents, and other concerned citizens who want to ensure school start times compatible with health, safety, and learning for all. She is the an award-winning author of numerous popular health and medical books including THE NEW HARVARD GUIDE TO WOMEN’S HEALTH, THE WOMEN’S CONCISE GUIDE TO EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING, ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE FOR DUMMIES, and NAMELESS DISEASES. After graduating from Yale, she was a Searle Fellow at the University of Chicago, where she earned a doctorate in the history of science and medicine while conducting research in biopsychology. A former associate editor at The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Terra has also written extensively on a wide range of health and medical issues in both professional and popular publications, including The Harvard Health Letter, JAMA, Consumer Reports, Weight Watchers Magazine, Business Week, and Longevity and has been awarded science-writing fellowships by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, and the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole. She lives near Annapolis, MD with her political scientist husband, J.H. Snider, and is the mother of three.