Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Are Your Students Sleeping?

Tracy Jan writes in the Boston Globe about college students who are not getting enough sleep.

Tracy Jan, "Colleges Calling Sleep a Success Prerequisite," Boston Globe, 30 September 2008.

It's an age-old predicament: Caffeine-fueled college students cramming for exams and writing papers until the crack of dawn, then skipping or snoozing through classes. Sleep deprivation has long been considered a rite of passage, a point of pride even.

But now, alarmed by recent studies tying lack of sleep to poor academic performance, college officials are urging students just to go to bed. More than a dozen Massachusetts schools have begun waging campaigns touting the benefits of sleep through dorm seminars, posters, and catchy slogans like, "Want A's? Get Z's."

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