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Teen anxious about not falling asleep — wants help

Dear Straight Talk: I'm 15. Most nights, I cannot fall asleep. I haven't used Adderall as a study drug all school year, and actually, reading Straight Talk's column on it [APR 2, 2013] made me get off it. Yet, 1AM rolls…


What if high school started an hour later?

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I read with interest about the mother who couldn't get her son to sleep before midnight. Sleep deprivation is the norm today. But combining sleep deprivation with teens leads to extra problems because teens…


Son won’t go to sleep before midnight

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I have an ordinary question compared to the topics you cover. How do you get a teenager (age 16) to go to sleep before midnight — so that he wakes up in the morning acting like a human being? (I’m afraid…


Pressure-cooker high schools

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: Sometimes I think our schools have gone crazy. We expect our kids to get a 4.6 GPA, letter in sports, run student government, play in the orchestra,…


“Glee” about as edgy as spilled slushees

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: One of my guilty pleasures is watching “Glee.” I am wondering if the degree of bullying they depict is exaggerated or if high school today is really like…


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