Pillow Talk

 Why is sleep so important?

  • Enhances mental wellbeing
  • Amplifies good feelings/mood
  • Increases alertness and focus
  • Naturally improves energy
  • Boosts the immune system


Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”


- Thomas Dekker

What if I don’t sleep?

  • College students who do not get enough sleep have lower GPA, more anxiety, and are prone to hallucinations (Drayton, Gullatt, & Johnson, 2006).
  • Eight hours daily is recommended to avoid the negative health effects of sleep deprivation (Drayton, Gullatt, & Johnson, 2006).
  • Chronic sleep insufficiency is linked with shorter lifespan (McKnight et al., 2011)
  • Sleep deprivation impairs motor skills and mental health
  • Lack of sleep leads to headaches and cognitive impairment. 
  • Sleep deprived people exercise less (Jarrin et al., 2013)
  • Less sleep is linked to heart disease (Garaulet et al., 2011)
  • Irregular sleep patterns has been linked to obesity
  • Tired driving is a cause of many fatal vehicle accidents.
  • Use of caffeine furthers sleep disruption (Miller, 2014).

How can I get better sleep?

  1. Create a comfortable sleep environment
  2. Establish a soothing pre-sleep routine
  3. Nap early, or not at all
  4. Keep a consistent sleep schedule
  5. Exercise regularly

For more information click the following links: American Academy of Sleep Medicine & How to Sleep: Help Guide