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Due to the nature of counseling and safety of our staff and students during these COVID-19 times, we will be offering our same quality services virtually until the university has entered Phase Green under the Covid-19 Response Plan.  For more information and to check current phase, please visit the Covid-19 Response Page.

How Much Sleep Do I Need?

Most adults need between 6 to 10 hours of sleep per night.  Aiming for 7-8 is a good place to start, adjusting as needed. 7 out of 10 college students say they get less than the recommended amount of sleep every night! 

Better Sleep Can:
  • Boost the immune system and support physical health
  • Contribute to a more positive mood and better mental health
  • Improve memory, concentration, and academic performance
Dos for Better Sleep
  • DO go to bed and get up around the same times every day.
  • DO exercise regularly. (Avoid exercise for several hours before bedtime.)
  • DO set aside time to write down anything worrying you earlier in the evening. When it's time for bed, remind yourself that you've already done your worrying for the night.
  • DO establish a relaxing bedtime routine that works for you. (Take a relaxing shower, read a comforting book, etc.)
  • DO set the stage for sleep: consider the temperature, light, and sound in the room. Try turning your clock away from you.
  • DO try relaxation exercises. (Use the apps on the main Resource Page)
  • DO get up if you're not asleep in 30 minutes. Do something relaxing until you feel sleepy, then try again.
DON┬┐Ts for Better Sleep
  • DON'T take long naps during the day. This can make sleeping at night more difficult and keep the cycle of poor sleep going.
  • DON'T drink caffeinated beverages (including tea, coffee, energy drinks, etc.), especially after 6pm.
  • DON'T eat a heavy meal less than 3 hours before bed.
  • DON'T use devices with bright screens (phone, laptop, tv, etc.) within the hour before bed.
  • DON'T use your bed for things other than sleeping (studying, socializing, eating, etc.)
Online Resources