Sleep is a critical factor in NYU students’ academic success and general wellbeing. NYU students typically have strenuous schedules replete with class, homework, part-time jobs, extracurricular clubs and activities, in addition to all of the exciting events the surrounding city has to offer. However with these opportunities and responsibilities, students often do not get adequate sleep. Short-term effects of sleep deprivation include decreased cognitive function, memory, performance and alertness. In the long term, sleep deprivation can be associated with obesity, mental and physical health impairments, and attention deficit disorder.1
This page is intended to be a resource containing suggestions for what you can do to help NYU students get adequate sleep and decrease consequences from sleep difficulties.
• Conclude events by 10PM on weeknights. Poor sleep habits, including irregular sleep schedules, are common reasons for inadequate sleep among college students.
• Respect quiet hours in the residence halls and encourage your peers to do the same.
• Encourage students who live in residence halls to complete a roommate contract/agreement. Setting important guidelines regarding noise, visitors, and other issues with roommates may alleviate issues that impact sleep for students, and make for an overall more positive living situation.
• Host a “Week for Sleep”: Provide members with a “Sleep Tight” kit, complete with ear plugs and eye masks. Visit LiveWellNYU.com or the NYU Student Health Center website for suggested content to include.
• Host an “Insomnia” workshop led by the Student Health Center to learn about the negative health effects resulting from lack of sleep.
• Refer students who routinely appear sleep deprived to the Sleep Toolkit, offered through Counseling and Wellness Services. Toolkits are two-part workshops designed to help students develop and practice new skills to enhance personal, academic and social well-being.
• Host events on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Although your club members might be unhappy, by encouraging them to wake up early on the weekend, you are helping them maintain a regular sleep and wake pattern which will help them develop healthy sleeping habits.22
• Serve healthy foods at your events! High-fat and sugar foods can actually make it harder for you to fall asleep, while high-calcium, high-protein, and low-to-medium glycemic index carbohydrates (like whole-grain breads and pastas) may actually improve quality of sleep and how fast you can fall asleep.