The Sleep Program at UNL addresses one of the necessary elements for student success. Steve Woita and Jennifer Beres share the details.
Studies show 60% of college students suffer from poor sleep quality, according to Steve Woita.
As the assistant director for Fitness and Wellness at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Woita shared as a department they focus on physical well-being. Sleep plays a vital role in that as adequate sleep is essential for functioning in the classroom.
With this in mind, Campus Recreation created a free three-week Sleep Program that launched March 1, 2021.
Participants of the sleep program received:
“We hope to educate students about sleep hygiene and help them become aware of their habits and how sleep affects their life,” said Woita.
Jennifer Beres, the graduate assistant for Wellness Services, has been an integral part of making the program happen. She hoped students would learn about the importance of sleep, how it can affect their bodies/daily routines, and how they can improve their quality and quantity of sleep.
“The information included is important for students as sleep is something our bodies need, and a lack of sleep can have a negative impact on a student’s ability to succeed academically,” said Beres.
Both professionals shared their biggest pieces of advice for those looking to implement a similar program: