Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

February 3, 2020

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Sleep Is Self-Care Too

A recent survey found that 35% of Americans are not getting the recommended 7 hours of sleep each night. Are you part of that number? As people try to increase productivity more and more, sleep is prioritized less and less. As college students, it is difficult to balance classes, work, extra-curriculars, homework, and socializing. Unfortunately, as the to-do list lengthens, sleep is pushed aside. Sleeping in or going to bed early is often considered lazy or unproductive, but it is the exact opposite! When many people think of self-care, they imagine having a glass of wine and taking a bubble bath. However, it encompasses so much more, including getting enough sleep at night.
Adequate sleep has many health benefits, including:

  • Stress management
  • Improved academic performance
  • Illness prevention
  • Enhanced concentration, memory, and focus

Still worried you cannot fit enough rest during your day or night? UNH has resources to help students get the sleep they need. Health and Wellness offers sleep coaching appointments and free sleep kits to help you create a personalized plan so you can get the sleep you need. “Napercise” is also offered occasionally to give you a quiet place to close your eyes between classes.
So, take time for yourself and RELAX!

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