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Students often have difficulty with sleep and over half report feeling tired or sleepy the majority of the days of the week. Students are especially vulnerable to sleep difficulties due to stress and fluctuating schedules, and are one of the most sleep-deprived populations.

Chronic sleep deprivation is linked to chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, depression, and cardiovascular disease.

Some ways to improve your sleep are:

  • Try to keep your eating and sleeping schedules as regular as possible throughout the week
  • Use your bed for sleeping and sex only
  • Turn off your screens at least 30 minutes before you plan to sleep
  • Reduce or eliminate caffeine and nicotine in the afternoon
  • Use stress reduction techniques

Reference:CDC Fact Sheet: Insufficient Sleep Among Hawaii Adults:
http://www.cdc.gov/sleep/pdf/states/Insufficient_Sleep_Fact_Sheet_2011_HI.pdf

More about Sleep, Insomnia and Sleep Hygiene

Ulifeline article about the importance of sleep and how to get better sleep.

Insomnia resources from the National Institutes of Health.

National Sleep Foundation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Sleep and Sleep Disorders

CDC Fact Sheet: Insufficient Sleep Among Hawaii Adults

Self-Help Resources

Sleep Hygiene Handout - Many people who have trouble sleeping can improve their sleep by learning and practicing effective sleep hygiene.

Ulifeline Online resource for college mental health www.ulifeline.org/hawaii/

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Counseling Services are free and confidential for all UH Hilo students.
We welcome questions, comments and feedback about our webpage: uhhcouns@hawaii.edu.