Sleep issues and zero-period music for 6th grader
My son plays clarinet in the 6th-grade band at King middle school. He has always loved music, but the zero period schedule is killing him (and us). He has a really hard time going to sleep early, even when he does all the right things (a regular bedtime routine, no screens, etc), and an even harder time waking up in time to get to music on time. Lately he has also been having sleep terrors in the middle of the night, which may or may not be related to the early wake up, but it certainly doesn't help things.
Any tips from parents whose kids had similar trouble with zero period? I know that there's been a lot of research showing that adolescents need more sleep and are often naturally on a late schedule, so I'm wondering if we need to acknowledge that this is a physical/developmental barrier and not laziness, and just give up on zero period. But I also really hate for him to quit something he loves. (We don't really have extra money to spare for private music lessons, though I suppose we could try to scrape something together.)