With my impecable 20/20 hindsight, I wish I would have had long, long talks and intense reading assignments about the importance of SLEEP!! My sons have not given me a drop of concern about drugs, sex, violence, or even healthy eating. Now that they are in college, the place where they seem to be dropping the ball is SLEEP.
Teach your babies the value of SLEEP. It can help you think, it can make you nicer, it will give you the ability to cope with life. It can also help you keep off the "Freshman 15" - that all-to-frequent initial college weight gain. Pulling an "all-nighter" has a "diminishing marginal return" effect on studying, too. If you stay up all night, eventually the thing you are studying will make less and less sense, and take longer and longer to learn. At a certain point, you may as well just go to bed and get a good night's sleep for the next day's exam.
Jan, Jan, Jan! You must know my kids! They do ALL those things! I have absolutely positively NO ideas about getting my college age kids to sleep appropriate and necessary amounts of time. No ideas at all! I have talked about it with them (way too much, I think....) and they will tell me they know I am right. They seem to genuinely appreciate the different suggestions I give them. The information just doesn't change their behavior. I can only encourage you that it seems to get slightly (VERY slightly) better during Sophomore year. I would love to hear some suggestions from others, though!
Right there with you!
This is all so true! My ds has been taking all nighters before every major test this year (his freshman year in college). He even tried to finish up an 8 page paper overnight! He didn't do this while I homeschooled him, but he has never been an early riser. If you have any ideas on how to encourage the young college student to sleep then let me know. I can't imagine not getting my 8 hours in!