Sleep Great IU! Challenge

Sleep Great IU! 2016 was a huge success! Thank you to all who participated!

If you didn't get a chance to sign up for the online version, download and print the PDF Bedside Log to participate on your own! We want you to sleep great!

Welcome to the Sleep Great IU! Challenge

Sleep affects just about every aspect of your life. If you aren't getting enough high-quality sleep, it can impair both your physical and mental health. Sleep is important for learning, problem solving, managing stress, and regulating mood. It also promotes a healthy immune system and helps prevent chronic conditions like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Despite the numerous benefits of sleep, many of us are struggling to meet our sleep needs. More than a third of Americans aren't getting enough sleep.

How Do I Participate?

This 4-week online challenge is for IU employees. During the challenge, you'll develop 8 habits that promote better sleep. You'll use your Personal Online Tracker once a week to record which habits you successfully completed for most of the week.

Employees and their spouses are eligible for a Sleep Great IU! t-shirt as an incentive, while supplies last.

Here's what each week will focus on:

Day Shift Workers Night Shift Workers
Week 1: Sleep Quantity & Regularity Week 1: Sleep Quantity & Environment
Week 2: Bedtime Routine Week 2: Light Exposure
Week 3: Daylight & Physical Activity Week 3: Nutrition & Physical Activity
Week 4: Caffeine & Alcohol Week 4: Caffeine & Alcohol

Evaluation: Healthy IU is working with the IU School of Medicine and IU School of Nursing to evaluate the challenge. We will use this information to help us in the development of future challenges and programs. Only de-identified data will be shared with the Schools of Medicine and Nursing. The aggregate results may be shared in conference presentations or publications, in an effort to expand knowledge in sleep hygiene promotion. 

Sleep Great IU! Resources

Note: If you currently sleep less than 4 hours per night, do not operate a motor vehicle or heavy machinery and consult with a physician.