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UCSB Sleep Challenge

UCSB Sleep Challenge


Welcome to the UCSB Sleep Challenge

If you are reading this, chances are you are a little tired. But you are also not alone. Many UCSB students are operating on less sleep than they need to function optimally. The National College Health Assessment (NCHA), a nationally recognized research survey that assists in collecting precise data about students’ health habits, behaviors, and perceptions, consistently reports that most UCSB students are feeling sleepy. Results for the 2019 survey of UCSB stated: 

  1. 47% (about one in two students on campus) said daytime sleepiness is more than a little problem in their daytime activities.
  2. 64% (over half of the student population on campus) stated they felt tired, dragged out, or sleepy during the day three or more times a week.  
  3. 29% (about one in three) of UCSB students feel that sleep difficulties have affected their academic performance, ranking this in the top 2 issues affecting their academic performance.


And it is not just college students who are suffering. According to the National Institute of Health, 50 million to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders.    

To combat this alarming data and maximize what we know about the benefits of sleep, Health & Wellness has created the UCSB Sleep Challenge to help you gain some insight on the science of sleep and provide tips for healthy sleep habits to aid in optimizing your personal and academic success.  

Log your sleep this week and reflect on finding your optimal amount of sleep and natural times for going to bed and waking up. To help track your sleep, try using free sleep tracking applications like Sleep Cycle. Some people are night owls and others are early birds, so take note of when you do your best on important tasks, and work this week on creating a consistent schedule.

REMEMBER: Most people need 7-9 hours of sleep. Need for less than 6 hours of sleep is not common, so keep in mind that while you may feel fine during periods of heightened activity, if you tend to feel sleepy or doze off during a boring lecture, it’s likely that you need more sleep than you are getting. Make it easier for yourself to wake up for those Monday morning classes by not straying over 1-2 hours from your sleep/wake schedule on the weekend. You will learn more about this phenomenon during our sleep debt module.



The information collected by the UCSB Sleep Challenge will be kept private and confidential by Health and Wellness. We do however use the information to inform our programing in an effort to provide relevant health promotion services to students at UCSB.