The Importance of Sleep

We spend approximately 33% of our lives asleep and often don’t think about it until we can’t sleep. For many people, lack of sleep produces an array of consequences including higher stress, decreased concentration, and increased mistakes, to name a few. College students are often susceptible to “pulling an all-nighter” to prepare for an upcoming test. They also play a balancing act with academics, work, student organization involvement, social time, family time, etc., that often leaves them feeling sleep deprived.

Sleep is extremely important to our health. In combination with a healthy diet, being physically active and making time for relaxation and fun, good quality sleep helps the body to fend off viruses and bacteria by helping the immune system to stay as healthy as possible. And, when we’ve had a good, full night of sleep, we simply feel better!

Need some tips on getting a better night’s sleep? Check out the links below.

Tips for Better Sleep

“Ease into” Sleep Strategies

To Nap or Not to Nap?

Did You Know?
The expression “sleep tight” comes from the 16th and 17th centuries when mattresses were placed on top of ropes that needed regular tightening.
Source: The Better Sleep Council

Resources

ISU Student Wellness

ISU Student Counseling Services

ISU Thielen Student Health Center

CDC Sleep and Sleep Disorders

National Sleep Foundation