Can’t fall asleep? Waking up tired? We can help you sleep better!
Did you know improved sleep increases your concentration and balances your mood? That’s right, sleep is one of the most crucial parts of your overall health. Your sleep habits can affect your physical health, mental health, academics, and even your relationships. A good night’s sleep helps you to process memories, solidify learning, and deal with the stresses of everyday life. Conversely, insufficient sleep is associated with a variety of chronic diseases, including diabetes, depression, obesity, and some cancers.
Despite all of the benefits of healthy sleep, we often struggle to get enough of it. In fact, 30% of American adults report sleeping less than six hours per night.
What is the Get Your Sleep On! Student Sleep Challenge?
Get Your Sleep On! is a four-week health challenge sponsored by IU Health Center. Through the challenge, you will learn healthy sleep habits and have the opportunity to practice putting them in action. The challenge aims to educate students on sleep hygiene and encourage students to take positive action for their own health through improved sleep.
How do I participate?
Get Your Sleep On! runs from January 29 to February 25 and is open to all IU students. Upon the start of the program, you’ll receive a link to your own personal tracker. Each week of the challenge, we will teach you two new habits to improve your sleep. Your job is to track your progress in the online tracker.
The sign up window is January 8-26! Register HERE!
What do I get out of this?
In addition to BETTER SLEEP(!), we will host a pizza/movie party on February 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Briscoe Auditorium for finishers, as well as offer several gift card and massage prizes!
Here are the habits we will focus on each week:
- Getting at least seven hours of sleep.
- Going to bed within 60 minutes of your goal bedtime.
- Taking steps to reduce eye exposure to blue light for at least 60 minute before going to sleep.
- Doing relaxing activities in dim lighting during the hour before going to sleep.
- Spending at least 15 minutes outside in the morning daylight.
- Engaging in at least 30 minutes of moderate activity or 15 minutes of vigorous activity.
- Avoiding caffeine consumption for six hours prior to going to sleep.
- Avoiding alcohol consumption or eating a heavy meal within two hours of going to sleep.
What else can I do?
Check out our February “Help Me Sleep!” free workshops on campus!
- February 8, 4:00-5:00 p.m, Hodge Hall, Room 3016
- February 19, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Herman B Wells Library East Tower, Hazelbaker Hall, E159