Sleep Well

The UCLA Sleep Well Campaign aims to:

1. connect and integrate various Mind-Well partners to form new and highlight existing sleep and resiliency-building activities that are both replicable and sustainable

2. deliver broad and targeted promotion of sleep and stress-reduction education to enhance positive sleep hygiene, quantity and quality of sleep; and

3. ultimately promote wellness of mind, brain and spirit, foster creativity, and enhance social connectedness of UCLA students, faculty, and staff. 

The number one challenge identified in our prior campus student surveys is stress. The nationwide Freshman Survey, conducted annually through the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, reveals that college students over the last 3 decades have been showing increasing levels of stress, with more than 20% indicating that they are “frequently overwhelmed by all they have to do.” This situation seems to be exacerbated by the lack of hours student spend sleeping – perhaps because of prioritizing other activities (such as working, studying, commuting, or socializing) over sleep and because of stress impeding the ability to fall asleep or stay asleep.

The National Institute of Health reports that 73% of students experience sleeping problems. The Mind Well U- Reviews team conducted a pilot sleep study of 123 UCLA undergraduate psychology students. Of the total study participants, 34% reported they usually slept less than 7 hours (some slept as few as 3.5 to 4.5 hours), 23% usually needed 30 minutes or more to fall asleep, and 7% usually needed at least one hour to fall asleep.

Sleep deprivation is linked to reduced creativity and emotional regulation, reduced ability to learn (as it is correlated with lower GPAs), increased weight gain, damage to nerve cells and natural sleep-control system resulting in chronic sleep-wake schedule abnormalities, and increased risk of “diabetes”-like states, depression, and anxiety.

The UCLA Sleep Well Campaign is co-sponsored by the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, Mind Well, UCLA Library, UCLA Recreation, UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services, MindFul Music, and the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and with support from UCLA Residential Life. We believe increased education and awareness about sleep and stress management strategies, delivered using expert UCLA Sleep Well Campaign presentations that enables students to learn about the science and practice of sleep and reflect on their sleep hygiene, will have a great impact and yield enhancements on sleep and stress resilience across campus.