Morning Mail Fail: Sleep edition

Today’s Morning Mail came with the first tip in a week to better sleep from Health Services. It told readers they should avoid or limit intake of caffeine, nicotine and alcohol – which can all cause disturbances to sleep.

Now’s not exactly the right time to tell students to lay off the caffeine. How else are we supposed to stay awake to do all the reading, writing and studying required of us? And without alcohol, how are we supposed to cope with the crushing weight of finals?

Thanks, Health Services, for a well-intentioned message at the totally wrong time. We’ll be looking forward to what other sleeping tips we’ll receive this week. Next you’ll probably be telling us we shouldn’t go to Cinco de Mayo Fish Co.

Albuquerque gets it

The Albuquerque, N.M., public school district is beating us at our own game.

According to local news coverage, the district is proposing to move back school start times for high-school students in their district to let teens sleep an hour later each day. They say their teens don’t get sleepy until around 11 p.m., and so the students aren’t getting the sleep they need to learn. Their evidence? A Brown University study.

(Sorry, but yes — Brown does still have 9 a.m. classes.)