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Michael Howell is a University of Minnesota Physician neurologist.

Healthy sleep schedule key for students to hit the ground running, U of M expert says

August 31, 2010

It’s back to school time for K-12 students across the state -- when summer fun makes way for spelling bees, algebra and homework. How can parents ensure their kids are both mentally and physically prepared to impress and do their best from day one? One of the easiest and most important ways to help kids excel is making sure they get enough sleep.

A University of Minnesota expert available to comment on the key role proper sleep plays in contributing to classroom success is:

Michael Howell, M.D., University of Minnesota Physician and Assistant Professor Department of Neurology

Howell can discuss ideas to help families develop strategies for exhaustion, changing attitudes and potential problems that can come from a change in the sleep schedule of children heading back to school.

To view or embed a video interview with Howell discussing sleep deprivation in adolescents, visit:

To interview Howell, contact Nick Hanson, Academic Health Center, (612) 624-2449,, or Jeff Falk, University News Service, (612) 626-1720,

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