Colleges open their eyes: ZZZs are key to GPA

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Associated Press

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 31 at 2:31 AM

UNDATED (AP) — College health officials are beginning to look at helping returning students get the one thing they probably miss the most at school -- sleep.

A few schools are giving students what a growing body of research reveals could make a huge difference in their college careers: ear plugs, sleep shades and napping lessons.

College health officials are finally realizing that healthy sleep habits are a potential miracle drug for much of what ails the famously frazzled modern American college student. The ailments include anxiety, depression, physical health problems and — more than most students realize — academic troubles. Lack of sleep often equals academic suicide.

Still, many deans and administrators seem hesitant to tell parents who've just dropped $50,000 on tuition that the big push on campus this year will be for everyone to sleep more.

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405-c-20-(Jackie Quinn, AP correspondent)-"and low grades"-AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports many colleges are launching sleep campaigns to make sure students aren't staying up too late and jeopardizing their physical and emotional well-being. (30 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *405 (08/30/12)>> 00:20 "and low grades"

406-a-15-(David Salafsky (sah-LAF'-skee), director, medical services, University of Arizona, in AP interview)-"that is sleep"-David Salafsky, the medical director at the University of Arizona, says they are offering programs on campus that help remind students that they have to schedule in enough sleep during their very busy days. (30 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *406 (08/30/12)>> 00:15 "that is sleep"

408-a-15-(David Salafsky (sah-LAF'-skee), director, medical services, University of Arizona, in AP interview)-"relationships, managing stress"-David Salafsky, the director of medical services at the University of Arizona, says studies have shown that making sure college students get sufficient sleep makes a big difference in their performance. ((longer version of cut used in wrap)) (30 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *408 (08/30/12)>> 00:15 "relationships, managing stress"

404-w-35-(Jackie Quinn, AP correspondent, David Salafsky, director, medical services, University of Arizona)--Many colleges are greeting their students this year with a new campaign -- making sure young adults get enough sleep. AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports. ((opens with sound)) (30 Aug 2012)

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407-a-12-(David Salafsky (sah-LAF'-skee), director, medical services, University of Arizona, in AP interview)-"about relaxation techniques"-David Salafsky, the director of medical services at the University of Arizona, says there are several programs aimed at encouraging students to make sure they get enough sleep, including a poster campaign on the campus. (30 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *407 (08/30/12)>> 00:12 "about relaxation techniques"

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