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Aug 31, 2012 3:21 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Colleges open their eye, ZZZs are key to GPA

(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.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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