Many college students struggle with getting quality 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 issues including higher stress and decreased concentration.
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. When we’ve had a good, full night of sleep, we simply feel better!
The resources below can assist with the skills, support, and strategies that can lead to better more rejuvenating sleep.
- Student Wellness can provide many helpful resources for you regarding sleep. A few examples include; tips for creating good sleep hygiene, strategies to ease into sleep, and sleep masks.
- Sleep Well is a self-guided sleep program focused on improving student sleep through engaging sleep hygiene behaviors.
Wellbeing Coaching is a confidential program to help you identify areas of your wellbeing that may be affecting your experience at ISU and to help you facilitate a student driven action plan to help you Thrive!
Wellbeing Coaching is NOT counseling or medical treatment. Rather, it is a student to student program focused on providing a safe, confidential space for you to learn about areas of wellbeing that may be affecting you, to learn about resources of support available, and to help you generate some next steps to help you thrive!
- Thielen Student Health Center (TSHC) is a full-service health clinic staffed with physicians, advanced registered nurse practitioners, and trained healthcare professionals available to see you for your primary health care needs.
TAO (Therapy Assistance Online) is free for all students. It is an online library of engaging, interactive programs that help you learn life skills and bounce back from disappointments and stumbling blocks. It also has a mindfulness library that can be an important sleep hygiene practice. As you watch their videos and engage with the interactive components, you’ll gain the necessary knowledge and self-awareness to achieve your specific goals. TAO offers:
- Educational modules
- Practice tools and logs
- A mindfulness library
- Student Counseling Services has various counseling services available to students who may be struggling with mental health concerns that may be impacting their sleep. Individual counseling, group counseling, and other programs/services are available to students.