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Proper sleep is essential for cognitive function, memory consolidation, emotional regulation, and physical health. It also plays a significant role in supporting the immune system and overall mental health. Unfortunately, many teens face sleep challenges due to factors such as academic pressures, extracurricular activities, social engagements, screen time, and irregular sleep schedules. As a result, sleep deprivation can become a significant issue for teenagers, leading to difficulties in concentration, mood swings, reduced academic performance, and even potential health problems if left unaddressed.

Join us for an interactive and engaging webinar to learn about the research surrounding sleep and its profound impact on overall well-being for teens. Learn about the far-reaching consequences of sleep deprivation, the impact of media use on sleep and mental health, and concrete strategies to help your teen get the rest they so desperately need. Together, Challenge Success and Common Sense Media will share comprehensive insights to help your family make informed decisions about sleep routines and media use.

A recording of the event will be sent to all registrants on September 13th.

Who should attend

Parents/Caregivers, Educators, Students, Clinicians


Virtual / Online


Free Event

Meet The Presenters

Merve Lapus

Merve Lapus oversees a team that works directly with leadership to impact communities using technology for learning and life. Collaborating with school networks, state-level organizations, community leaders, and national partners, Merve is committed to fostering a whole-community approach to digital well-being, and establishing supportive learning spaces for all children and families to thrive in a world with media and technology.

Merve has over 17 years of experience driving education technology initiatives across school programs, and building educator confidence through professional learning, and strategic implementation. Merve sits on a number of steering committees addressing school climate and state policy initiatives, and currently sits on the Marketing and Communications Board for the University of San Francisco and the Children’s Creativity Museum of San Francisco.

Denise Pope, Ph.D.

Denise Pope, a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education.

She is the author of, “Doing School”: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students (Yale University Press, 2001), which was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001, and co-author of Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids (Jossey-Bass, 2015). Dr. Pope lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. She is a three-time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award and was honored with the 2012 Education Professor of the Year “Educators’ Voice Award” from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.

Prior to teaching at Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, CA and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University. She lives in Los Altos, CA with her husband and three children.