July 16, 2018


19.8% of the student population at Vassar reported that sleeping difficulties affected their individual academic performance on the ACHA-NCHA II from Spring 2016. Adverse impacts on academic performance include: received a lower grade on an exam, or an important project; received a lower grade in the course; received an incomplete or dropped the course; or experienced a significant disruption in thesis, dissertation, research, or practicum work.



Getting A Better Night's Sleep

The most common cause of insomnia is a change in your daily routine. For example, traveling, change in work hours, disruption of other behaviors (eating, exercise, leisure, etc.), and relationship conflicts can all cause sleep problems. Paying attention to good sleep hygiene is the most important thing you can do to maintain good sleep.

Metcalf Counseling Services Sleep Handout

Power Napping 101

Napping can be a great way to refresh your mind and body, increase productivity, and enhance your creativity… Studies have even shown that napping can actually decrease your risk of serious health concerns

Four Steps to Power Nap Like a Pro – Stanford WebMD

How to Reap the Health Benefits of Power Naps – VeryWellHealth

Insomnia Apps

Relax with Pzizz

  • An app that combines music, progressive relaxation and hypnosis to improve sleep quality and increase deep sleep.

The Science Behind Pzziz

Insomnia apps released in 2018

  • A list curated by Healthline based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for people with insomnia.
Additional Online Sleep Resources

National Sleep Foundation

  • The Bedroom Environment, Sleep Disorders, How America Sleeps

The Better Sleep Council

  • Mattress Education, Science of Sleep

Mayo Clinic – Sleep Tips

  • 6 Tips to Better Sleep

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Sleep and Sleep Disorders

  • Fact sheets, sleep hygiene tips, and educational podcasts

Harvard Medical School: Healthy Sleep

  • Information on sleep, its importance, how it works, and tips for getting better sleep.