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Sleeping well directly affects your mental and physical health. Neglecting it can take a serious toll on your daytime energy, productivity, emotional balance, and even your weight

Benefits of Sleep

A poster outlining the benefits of proper sleep provided by the graduate attributes programme

  • Better assimilation and recall of information
  • Makes us less stress reactive (restorative)
  • Greater problem solving, creativity and sustained attention


Optimising your Sleep (Sleep Hygiene)

  • Keep sleep and wake times regular (7-9hrs) and in sync with your bodies natural sleep-wake cycle
  • Stop studying at least an hour before sleep
  • Develop a bedtime routine (wash face, read, do a relaxation technique or some stretches).
  • Avoid use of phones and other screens for an hour before bedtime
  • Exercise during the day as this will aid sleep
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine or large meals in the evening
  • Have a quiet, comfortable and cool sleeping environment
  • [Source: (The National Sleep Foundation, 2015; Vandekerckhove & Cluydts, 2010) [LifeMatters study and exams presentation] and]

Check out the guide on sleeping better for a comprehensive look at sleeping better.

Importance of Sleep and Routine

Keep Well

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