TIPS AND TOOLS TO GET GOOD SLEEP
The Centers for Disease Control recently declared insufficient sleep to be a public health epidemic, with between 50 and 70 million Americans suffering from chronic sleep disorders. Insufficient sleep has been linked to an increased risk for a wide range of diseases including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. The good news is you don’t need to become a statistic– there are many things you can do to improve your sleep. Most adults need between 7-8 hours of sleep per night, however, everyone has unique sleep needs so pay attention to what works for you. Below you’ll find some of the best information about sleep and why it’s important as well as a variety of resources to help you get a better night’s sleep.
We have provided some talking points on Why Sleep is Important for everyone in our community. Please incorporate these messages in different ways as you interact with others on campus.
Prefer to watch a video instead of reading? Check out our collection of sleep videos here.
SLEEP AND HEALTH INFORMATION
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Information and statistics about sleep, the link between sleep and chronic disease, research and resources.
University of Maryland Sleep Disorders Center - Sleep research and resources. The Center includes a state-of-the-art Sleep Disorders Laboratory where doctors treat patients overnight for a wide range of sleep disorders.
Harvard Healthy Sleep Resources - Information on the impact of insufficient sleep on health, memory, mood, judgment and safety; sleep health strategies; and success stories.
WEB RESOURCES FOR IMPROVING SLEEP
Comprehensive booklet with information, tips and tools.
United Healthcare Sleep for Health Newsletter - Includes general sleep health info in addition to a comprehensive section on sleep apnea.
Innova Employee Assistance Program - To access, enter User ID: UMBCEAP, Password: 360231 - and key in "sleep" in the search bar for resources.
Fairfax Family Practice Centers Sleep Assessment Tool - General 8-question survey that lets you know if you are getting enough sleep.
WebMD Sleep Disorders Assessment - Detailed sleep disorders assessment with tailored and simple changes to improve sleep.
Sample Sleep Diary from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
In need of some new techniques to fall asleep? Have no fear! The University of Maryland Medical Center Sleep Disorders Centers has you covered with 10 guided falling sleep audios and relaxation techniques.