Sleep Great IU! Challenge
February 7-March 6
For the IU Community
Getting enough sleep can improve just about every aspect of your life! Besides giving you that wonderful, well-rested feeling, 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.
But did you know? More than a third of Americans aren't getting enough sleep.
If you would like to practice simple habits that can help you sleep well and feel more energized throughout the day, join the "Sleep Great IU!" Challenge!
Sleep Great IU! Resources
How Do I Participate?
This 4-week online challenge is for all IU employees, spouses, students, and community members. We strongly encourage employees and their spouses to participate together! During the challenge, you'll develop small, daily habits that promote better sleep. You'll use your Personal Online Tracker once a week to record which habits you successfully complete.
Here's what each week will focus on:
- Week 1: Bedroom Environment & Sleep Duration/Consistency
- Week 2: Avoiding Artificial Light at Night
- Week 3: Spending Time Outside
- Week 4: Caffeine & Alcohol Intake
Full-time IU employees and their spouses on an IU-sponsored medical plan are eligible to receive a Sleep Great IU! t-shirt as an incentive, first come, first served, while supplies last. (T-shirt design below.)
Daily Sleep Habit Tracking Log
For the Challenge, you will track your progress online once a week. But for those of us who would like a daily, visual reminder of the sleep goals during the Challenge, there is a printable “Bedside Log” available. You can download the Bedside Log and start working on the Healthy Sleep Environment Checklist on the second page. You will want to keep your Bedside Log near your sleeping area for easy daily tracking once the Challenge starts. (If you use the Bedside Log, please also remember to update your Personal Online Tracker once a week, too!)
Better Sleep for the Whole Family
The quality of your sleep often depends on the sleep habits of other household members — babies, kids, spouses, and even pets!
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Getting Your Baby to Sleep
- Common Solutions to Sleep Partner Conflicts — Spouses are encouraged to participate in the Challenge!
Better Sleep How-To's
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.