‘Tis the season (already) of cold and flu and the post-Halloween, pre-Holiday Season craze. Balancing all those demands (plus colder weather) with school can make it tempting to pull all-nighters or cut back on sleep. Don’t! Sleep deprivation weakens the immune system, making you more likely to catch whatever bug is going around. Also important, skimping on shut-eye can impact academic performance. Making sleep a priority can give you the energy to tackle your to-do list and do well in school.

For tips on how to get a good night’s sleep, visit the National Sleep Foundation online.