Sleep is one of the most overlooked but important aspects of a student’s overall health and wellbeing. The quality and amount of sleep an individual gets directly impacts every dimension and area of a person’s life.
Sleep quality also effects:
- Productivity and creativity
- Emotions and mood
- Physical energy
- Weight and hormone levels
What's happening here:
Students feeling rested each morning:
- 10% - 0 days
- 33% - 1-2 days
- 45% - 3-5 days
- 12% 6-7 days
- 1 in 3 sleep difficulties very difficult to handle within the past year.
- 22% of students found sleep difficulties negatively impacted their academic performance.
Spotlight on sleep
- The average young adult needs approximately 8 hours of sleep each night.
- Insufficient sleep lowers brain function and can negatively affect your learning.
- Your body does not adapt to less sleep — instead you become chronically sleep deprived.
- Regular exercise improves sleep, as long as it is done more than 3 hours before bedtime.
- Students who get more than 6 hours per night consistently have higher G.P.A.s than those who don’t.
- Turn off your phone! One of the most important things an individual can do is limit the amount of time spent on electronic devices before bed. They emit a blue light that triggers your body to wake up.
- Set a regular sleep schedule for yourself: try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day
- Avoid caffeine after lunch
- Taking a hot bath or shower before bed changes your core temperature and signals for sleep
- Make sure you get sunlight during the day, as this helps maintain your sleep-wake cycle
- If you need to take a nap during the day, keep it to 20 minutes to avoid disrupting your nighttime sleep
- For more sleep tips and tricks, visit Healthy U or the Health & Wellness Office, 469 UMSU University Centre
- University Health Service: 104 UMSU University Centre
- Healthy U: umanitoba.ca/student/health-wellness/healthyu
- Student Counselling Centre: 474 UMSU University Centre
- Contact your family physician
- Canadian Sleep Society: css-scs.ca
- Sleep Resource Center: sleepresourcecenter.org
- Relax Melodies: Sleep Sounds, White Noise, and Fan: available free in the App Store and on Google play
*Data compiled from spring 2016 NCHA survey.
Sources and references are available at: umanitoba.ca/student/health-wellness/ncha-sources.html