Sleep for Success Westport is a nonprofit dedicated to increasing public awareness about the relationship between sleep, school start times, and our adolescents’ physical, cognitive, and psychological well-being. We seek to provide support to the community in any efforts to optimize school start times for our students’ health and success. Sleep for Success is a partner of Start School Later, but our website is different in that it endeavors to organize information regarding adolescent sleep and school start times to address the particular needs and concerns of Westport residents. While our efforts are focused in Westport, Connecticut, hopefully the information on this webpage will help other communities as well.
Christine Meiers Schatz lives in Westport with her husband and four children: one-year-old twins, a three-year-old, and a five-year-old. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, where she captained the water polo team, played viola in the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, and played the trombone in the marching band. She went on to law school at the University of Virginia and then worked as a litigator at a major law firm in New York City. Currently, Christine is a full-time stay-at-home mom and part-time arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Amy Kaplan lives in Westport with her family, which includes two teenagers. Diagnosed as an adult with a sleeping disorder herself, she learned quite a lot about the importance of sleep in overall health, and how various factors get in the way of achieving that. Realizing the adolescent sleep cycle shift would soon impact her kids, she became an advocate for later school start times and the importance of sleep in healthy lifestyles. In 2015 she started the Westport chapter of Start School Later, a non-profit with chapters all over the country working on raising awareness and supporting national legislation mandating biologically appropriate public school start times. Also in 2015, Amy, Laura Taets and Marcia Ghitnick co-founded WINS, Westporters In Need of Sleep. The group worked to educate the public on the general need for better quality and quantity of sleep for all, but in particular teens.