In 2016, Lisa L. Lewis, a parenting journalist and mom, wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times called, “Why School Should Start Later in the Day.” It struck a chord with readers so much that it caught the attention of California State Senator Anthony Portantino. After he read the article, he put forth a bill to mandate later start times for middle and high schools. This unexpectedly catapulted Lewis to the helm of a teen sleep movement.

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