Student Wellbeing Ambassadors launch sleep awareness campaign

For World Sleep Day on Friday 18 March and our Student Wellbeing Ambassadors’ sleep awareness campaign, students organised a fantastic talk and Q&A with a sleep expert and a display offering sleep techniques and tips.

The sleep awareness campaign was the first student-led campaign by our recently appointed Student Wellbeing Ambassadors who have undertaken a 6 week mentor programme, followed by 6 weeks of mindfulness training. As a result, they have now begun sharing their learning with their peers.

Students organised a fantastic talk and Q&A with Jan Jenner, a sleep expert and qualified sleep consultant from Hunrosa about the impact of poor sleep, the science of sleep and what to do about a sleep problem and where to get further advice.

To support and raise awareness of ways fellow students can manage a healthy sleep pattern, the students also set up a brilliant display on sleep in Temple reception offering sleep techniques and tips.

Here are some great tips to help you get good night sleep:

Stick to a sleep routine - Go to bed and get up at the same time each day and aim for 8 hours of sleep a night.

Reduce screen time - Avoid spending hours scrolling through Instagram or watching films before bed.

Do something relaxing - Include a relaxing activity such as reading or listening to music as part of your bedtime schedule.

Create a restful sleeping environment - Your bedroom should be dark, cool and screen free at night.

Have a bath before bed - The drop in body temperature can help you feel sleepy and to relax.

Cut down on caffeine - Caffeine can take eight hours to wear off. Avoid caffeine in the late afternoon and evenings.

Exercise - Get 30 mins of exercise during the day, even better, in natural sunlight by going for a walk or run.

Write a to-do-list - Writing things down can reduce feelings of stress and help you fall asleep quicker.

Don’t lie in bed awake - If you’re unable to get to sleep or start to get anxious or worried, do a relaxing activity like reading or listening to music until you feel sleepy.

We are incredibly proud of our fantastic Student Wellbeing Ambassadors and how hard they have worked with staff to get everything ready for their first campaign.

Hunrosa sleep expert Jan Jenner said that "It was such a pleasure to speak to students and staff about sleep on World Sleep Day!"

For more information on sleep, visit Hunrosa's homepage