10/04/2010 11:10 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Freshman 8 Sleep Contest: Who Should Win A Trip To New York? (WATCH)

September was sleep month on HuffPost College -- instead of warning new students about gaining the Freshman 15, we encouraged them to get the Freshman 8 instead. Adequate sleep, according to many experts, can lead to higher grades, heightened performance and better health.

But it's not always as easy as lying your head on a pillow and drifting off. Dorms are rife with distractions, students' bloodstreams are stoked with caffeine. So we challenged students to see if they could do the seemingly impossible -- get 8 hours of sleep every day for one month.

We tracked their progress on our Facebook page and, by September's end, we emerged with six well-rested finalists, all in the running to win a trip to New York City for the Huffington Post's Game Changers event on Oct. 28.

Which do you think learned the most from sleep month? Watch their testimonials below and VOTE for your favorite.

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Voting will conclude Oct. 11.
Full rules here.