photo of young man sleepingSleep problems have about the same impact on grade point average (GPA) as binge drinking and marijuana use.

Part of a research abstract published and presented in 2014, that startling news was delivered at the 28th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. The study also stated, “Sleep problems are not systematically addressed in the same way that substance abuse problems are.”

As early as possible, I’d like to help parents address their kids’ possible sleep deprivation. Developing good sleep habits now—before they enter college—is to prepare them for independent living, ever-changing schedules, the distraction zone called dorm rooms and the allure of energy drinks.

Therefore, my March posts, as well as the next issue of Your College Edge newsletter, will focus on the very important topic of “getting a good night’s sleep.” Everybody wins when students take their sleep seriously. You’ll see what I mean over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, here’s an article to get you thinking. By Justin Pope of The Associated Press, it’s entitled, “Colleges Waking Up the Value Of Sleep for Students.” And remember that you, too, should be getting the proper amount of sleep.

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