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At UHCS:

If you have questions or concerns about your sleeping patterns, UHCS can help! We have medical staff and counseling staff who can address a variety of problems related to sleep.

From an expert at UHCS:

Not surprisingly, new evidence indicates that sleep is essential in helping maintain mood, memory, and cognitive performance. Bottom line, sleep deprivation is thought to hurt academic performance and negatively impact ones quality of life. The literature suggests that college students, on average, sleep six to seven hours each night. Interestingly, some who study sleep recommend nine hours of sleep each night. As with any population, there are those who do not need eight or more hours of sleep. Some studies report fifteen per cent of college students as having chronic insomnia. Negative effects of insomnia are well documented and attempting to mitigate the lack of sleep with caffeine and/or OTC sleep medications is not recommended.

Reasons for getting more sleep:

  1. Cope better with stress.
  2. Increase creativity.
  3. Be less cranky and a better friend.
  4. Easier to be positive and a better friend.
  5. Less anxiety and depression.
  6. Get to class and work on time.
  7. Less likely to get sick.
  8. Better at video games.

Ways to improve sleep:

  1. Wind down thirty minutes before bedtime.
  2. Avoid video games and intense television programs.
  3. I you have a full plate, make a “to do list” before turning in for the night.
  4. Create a friendly sleep environment by keeping your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet.
  5. Keep the waking world out of your bedroom by tuning off all electronics at bedtime.
  6. Avoid late night eating and exercise.
  7. Be consistent as possible regarding your bedtime.
  8. Exercise regularly.

Should sleep become an ongoing issue, you may seek help at the University Health & Counseling Service.

- Stephen Naymick, MSW, LCSW

More Information

Use the National Sleep Foundation Sleepiness Test to see if you are more or less sleepy than the general population.- http://sleepfoundation.org/quiz/national-sleep-foundation-sleepiness-test

Check out http://www.sleepfoundation.org/ to learn about sleep issues and more ways to improve your sleep.

Learn additional tips to help you sleep better.

Updated: 08/29/14