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 four week, self-guided sleep program focused on improving student sleep through engaging sleep hygiene behaviors.
- 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.
- This nationally recognized organization’s website holds excellent information on sleep and sleep disorders.
- The National Sleep Foundation has been the leading expert voice in the world of sleep science and health for nearly thirty years. Since 1996, SleepFoundation.org has served as the public face of the nonprofit, a platform for its acclaimed Sleep in America poll, as well as the sleep education and advocacy programs that remain the cornerstone of the Foundation’s work.
Thank you for reviewing the resources above. We hope you find them helpful in getting a restful night sleep. If you have additional questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.