Duke is eliminating 8 am classes so sleepy students can get a little more shut-eye. Not much more, though. The university is adding 8:30 am classes.
Duke also plans to advise freshmen that sleep is important and tell them they need nine hours of sleep each night. Nine hours? It’s a university, not a convalescent home.
College students sleep an average of six to seven hours a night, down from seven to seven and a half in the 1980s.
. . . Duke wants students to consider adequate sleep a part of overall wellness. One idea is to do individual health assessments for each student and set goals for good nutrition, exercise and plenty of shut-eye.
Talk about your in loco parentis. Are Duke students really so eager to be mommied?
Kimberly thinks Duke officials are tired of listening to whiners who complain that classes aren’t available but won’t take anything that meets before 10 am or after 2 pm.
For night owls, I suggest a career in journalism. One of the best things about working for a morning newspaper was the hours. The day typically starts between 10 and 11 am.