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Student Mental Health

Mental Health resources for students, both on and off campus.


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Lesson 3- Quality Sleep

Quote on quality sleepDo you often feel tired and groggy in the morning, even on nights when you’ve gotten enough sleep? It’s a frustrating experience, but there may be a simple explanation: you have poor sleep quality.

Poor sleep quality can:

  • Impair your focus.
  • Worsen your mood.
  • Linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

(Reference: Sleep Foundation)


Sleep is an important part of your daily routine - you spend about one-third of your time doing it.

                                                5 Stages of Sleep


Quality sleep - and getting enough of it at the right times - is as essential to survival as food and water.

The sleep cycle goes through all stages of non-REM and REM sleep several times during a typical night, with increasingly longer, deeper REM periods occurring toward morning.

(Reference: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)

Tips & Techniques

Here are some tips to improve your quality of sleep.

At night:

  • Maintain regular sleep habits.
  • Sleep and wake about the same time each day.
  • Allow 30 minutes to unplug and unwind.
  • Try to keep your room cool dark and quiet.
  • Use relaxation strategies to unwind.

During the day:

  • Keep naps to a minimum.
  • Exercise.
  • Avoid excess caffeine specially later in the day.
  • Avoid excess alcohol.
  • Stay out of your bed except for sleep.

(Reference: Counseling Service – Madison College)



Talk to a counselor about your personal mental health concerns self-schedule using our Navigate app or call (608) 246-6076