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SEE Tip: Being a college student and getting good sleep often don't go hand in hand. In fact, when things start to heat up with exams and papers and other activities sleep is the one of the first things to get sacrificed. Recent research on college students and sleep indicates that insufficient sleep impacts your health, your moods, your GPA, and your safety  creating a sleep debt. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep because of a noisy roommate or hall try using earplugs. They're cheap, they're easy to find at any drugstore and they can block out the noise from your residence hall -- and your noisy, snoring roommate. Also avoid caffeine including energy drinks in the afternoon. That cup of coffee or Red Bull you had at 4:00 p.m. or later could very well be keeping you up way past your bedtime. Try water, juice, or any other caffeine-free option such as herbal tea instead. Be on the lookout today for members of PEEPs giving out FREE Sleep Well kits.

HKB Quit Tip: Skip the Smoke.Need another reason to quit smoking? Nicotine is a stimulant, just like caffeine. Smoking can keep you from falling asleep and worsen insomnia. While you're planning your quit strategy, try smoking fewer cigarettes four hours before bedtime to sleep better. Interested in quitting but don't know how? Call 1-800-QUIT NOW for support and tools.

Mellow Out Monday Tip:  Managing your sleep = managing your stress. When you have too much to do — and too much to think about — your sleep is likely to suffer. To help restore peace to your life, consider healthy ways to manage stress. Start with the basics, such as getting organized, setting priorities and delegating tasks. Give yourself permission to take a break when you need one. Share a good laugh with a friend. Before bed, jot down what's on your mind and then set it aside for tomorrow.

Want another quick stress-reliever to help you catch better zzzzzzzzzz's tonight?  Head to Q-level at the MSE at 8pm for a free back rub from Stressbusters.  Just 5-7 minutes will leave you feeling relaxed and ready for getting a good night's sleep.