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Freshman 8

The Freshman Experience: Getting into the Groove

| Leah - College of Charleston | Posted 10.31.2011 | College

It’s finally here! Once again, we’ve been knocked to the bottom of the totem pole, but this time, it’s not a big deal. While looking like a majo...

What's Behind Your Inability To Fall Asleep?

AOL Health | Dr. Ronald Kotler Sep 22nd 2010 11:12AM | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

George was filled with delight when he arrived at the beautiful suburban college campus. While he was happy to be independent, he was completely overj...

If You Can't Sleep, At Least Rest

Marie Claire | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Eminent U.S. sleep specialist Dr Matthew Edlund now suggests that if you can't sleep, or simply don't have time to get forty winks, a rest can be just...

Less Sleep Increases Chances Of Mental Illness | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Young adults getting fewer than eight hours of sleep per night are at greater risk of experiencing high levels of anxious and depressive symptoms, acc...

Charm School 101 for the College Student: Who Are You?

Tracey D. Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Tracey D. Smith

College is an investment. Each student is a walking portfolio of their parent's earnings, and there should be a robust return on investment as if one were betting on stock like Martha Stewart.

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

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

September was sleep month on HuffPost College -- instead of warning new students about gaining the Freshman 15, we encouraged them to get the Freshman...

Sleep Month Is Over, But The Freshman 8 Is Not

Leah Finnegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Leah Finnegan

YAWN. Good morning! It's 7:30 a.m., and I feel so alive! You see, just a short month ago, I would have awoken bleary-eyed and confused after an unsati...

An Open Letter to Our Elected Officials: How Do You Sleep At Night? Lunesta?

Ross Luippold | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Ross Luippold

You clearly have no decency, but if you do have a fail-safe way to secure eight hours of sleep, I'll be happy to listen. By the way, I'd kill to have your skin and metabolism. They tipped me off to your impressive sleep habits.

Work a Little, Play a Little, Sleep a Lot

Danielle Wiener-Bronner | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Danielle Wiener-Bronner

I only pulled one all-nighter during my college career. It was mercilessly sandwiched between two all-dayers, and it was the type that makes you feel like you've been hit on the side of the head with a bag of sand and then been instructed to carry it on your back for a few hours.

Who Needs Sleep? One Professor 'Fesses Up

Lee Skallerup Bessette | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Lee Skallerup Bessette

Standing in front of my once bright-eyed, now baggy-eyed students, I am reminded how important sleep is for young undergraduates.

Your Freshman 8 Dorm Room Makeover

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Sleep is a sensory experience, and an in-depth consideration of the five senses is a great way to evaluate your bedroom and create the ideal sleep environment.

When Counting Sheep Doesn't Work

Patrice Bendig | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Patrice Bendig

Pulling all-nighters in college is not an out-of-the-ordinary activity. During my academic career, I had to pull a few during finals week. The morning...

Shedding Light on the Freshman 8

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We know more sleep will help your GPA, memory and performance. But getting that precious eight hours can be a bit of a challenge in a dorm room.

An Open Letter To My Twin Bed

Saba Hamedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Saba Hamedy

I think I feel worse when I sleep five hours because it's not long enough to make you feel rested and it's not short enough to be a nap. Then again, maybe that's my twisted logic.

How New York City Ruined My Ability to Get a Good Night's Sleep

Catherine A Pishal | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Catherine A Pishal

Well, if I fall asleep by one, I get six hours of sleep. That's not too bad... Okay, now it's two. If I fall asleep RIGHT NOW I can manage five hours. I can function on five hours.

Sleep and (Not or) Diet: Creating Collegiate Success

Bogdan Rau | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Bogdan Rau

Meet the 21st century college student: a super-human creature, trained in multi-tasking to an ultimate level, adjusted to odd sleep schedules and spar...

Your Performance And The Freshman 8

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Only 11 percent of American college students report that they sleep well. Forty percent say that they feel well rested about two days a week. Seventy-three percent report experiencing "occasional" sleep issues. We are facing a sleepademic!

The Freshman 8: Sleep Well, Play Well

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Researchers from Trent University in Ontario (Go Excalibur!) found that students who were "tested" at 9 a.m. on a Guitar Hero song that they had learned at 9 p.m. the previous night (and then gotten their rest), performed three times better than students who learned the song in the morning and then were tested that evening.

The Freshman 8 And Your GPA

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Dr. Michael J. Breus

College is on its way -- or already here -- and with it comes sleep deprivation. So here at HuffPost College we have started a new sleep challenge: The Freshman 8! To continue to motivate everyone I wanted to focus on how getting those eight hours can help your GPA.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Arianna Huffington

This week, I loaded up a U-Haul van to take my youngest daughter to college for her freshman year, and to help my older daughter get settled in for her junior year. It's a big transition, not just for them but for their mom, who will be an empty nester for the first time in 21 years. Our lives have been so consumed with the details of the move, there hasn't been much time to contemplate the emotional logistics. I thought long and hard about what my parting advice to them should be. I decided on, "get enough sleep!" Indeed, HuffPost College has launched a campaign urging students to replace the traditional "Freshman 15" (pounds), with the "Freshman 8" (hours of sleep). Check out Dr. Michael Breus's post on why this is so important, and these great tips on getting enough sleep in a dorm... without your mommy there to tuck you in.

The Freshman 8: Win A FREE Trip To New York For HuffPost's Game Changers

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

We've all heard of the dreaded Freshman 15, but what about the Freshman 8? HuffPost College is encouraging all incoming students this year to get at ...

A New Challenge for College Students: The Freshman 8, Not 15!

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Sleep deprivation, especially among college students, is at epidemic levels. So what to do?