Ever wonder what it would take to get higher grades?  It might be much simpler than you think.

Studies have long shown the many benefits of a good night's sleep and college health officials are finally realizing that healthy sleep habits translate into higher grades. Good nightly slumber helps students avoid the usual pitfalls of college life: anxiety, depression, physical health problems and academic troubles.

Some studies have found students getting adequate sleep average a full letter grade higher than those who don't. Of course, as we all know, college is not set up for healthy sleeping patterns with irregular schedules, new-found freedom, endless social interaction, loud and crowded housing, late-night exercise and food washed down by booze, coffee and energy drinks. Oh yeah, and then there's the internet distraction.

Whereas experts recommend nine hours of sleep a night, most college kids these days get an average of six.  Hey students, you might want to check in earlier if you want to make the grade.

  • Avoid the College All-Nighter for Better Health
  • Stick to a regular bed time routine
  • Avoid sleep aids
  • Make your bed more comfortable with soft sheets and a good pillow
  • Use a white noise machine to block out other sounds