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Media Tip: TWU nursing faculty advocate for more sleep and later school start times for teens

According to a recent review by two Texas Woman’s University nursing professors, lack of sleep in middle school and high school students is related to obesity, anxiety, depressive symptoms, and an overall negative impact on growth and development. Nursing faculty Niki Fogg, MS, RN, CPN, and Ann Johnson, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, aim to empower pediatric nurses to educate families/guardians on the importance of adolescent sleep, the role of electronic devices and caffeine inhibiting sleep and setting bed times to regulate sleep habits. In addition, they advocate for middle and high schools to start at 8:25 a.m. or later.

Fogg and Johnson collaborated on the publication ‘Child and Adolescent Sleep Patterns and the Early School Start Time: Recognizing the Role of the Pediatric Nurse’ and a joint consensus statement with the intent of  the statement to serve as a resource and support for those advocating for later school start times with policy makers. Fogg and Johnson are members of the Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, served on the task force of the Child Advocacy Committee of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, and worked directly with the National Association of School Nurses representatives to develop and publish the joint statement.  

The statement encourages health professionals, namely pediatric and school nurses, to educate parents about their children and adolescents sleeping enough, as well as advocating for a later school start time.

Ultimately, the position statement aims to meet several goals:

  • Identifying the role of sleep and obstacles children and adolescents face in sleeping enough,
  • Advocating for nurses to educate parents of child/adolescent populations to understand the role of sleep in growth and development and
  • Advocate for later school start times. 

 Fogg and Johnson’s statement echoes a position statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics reinforcing the need for later school start times and pushing for this pressing issue to be addressed nationally.

 Niki Fogg and Ann Johnson are available for interviews upon request.  Contact Ashley Spinozzi.


 TWU’s nationally recognized College of Nursing is considered one of the best nursing programs in the nation. Today, with more than 15,000 alumni and more than 3,300 undergraduate and graduate students in Denton, Dallas and Houston, TWU is among the largest colleges of nursing in Texas and one of the nation’s leading providers of new nurses. TWU nursing students’ first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination is more than 90 percent, well above the national and state averages. For more information, visit www.twu.edu/nursing.

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