Media doyenne Arianna Huffington has decided that college students aren’t getting enough sleep to function effectively. As she put it in the Huffington Post:

This week, I loaded up a U-Haul van to take my youngest daughter to college for her freshman year…. It’s a big transition, not just for them but for their mom…. 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!”

It’s not just her own daughters—but college students all across America—that Huffington thinks need to sleep more.

Good luck with that. The average college student gets about six hours of sleep. While it might be good for them to sleep more, in fact the average American appears to get only six and a half hours of sleep a night.

Considering college students have been famously skimping on sleep for thousands of years (and many already think college students don’t study enough) this article, and the accompanying pledge to sleep more, are unlikely to be effective. [Image via]

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer