On July 15, students in the Hercules community learned how sleep has a direct impact on their academic performance. The informational workshop, hosted by Health Services, was led by Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Kristina Grabnickas. Topics included the importance of sleep, tips for getting a good night’s sleep, drowsy driving, and UCF resources that can assist students with sleep difficulties. The program is held throughout the year as part of the LINK program and in partnership with Housing and Residence Life.

“My goal is to change student’s mindset that college students aren’t supposed to sleep,” said Grabnickas. “They need to understand how important sleep is and how it can really impact them in ways they probably never considered.”

Students that attended were entered into a raffle drawing for a “sleep basket” filled with items to help students relax and unwind for a good night’s sleep.

“Being a student, it’s difficult to make sleep a priority, so good sleeping habits are often taken for granted,” said Heather Burke, a senior studying Molecular Biology and Microbiology. “Events like these remind us sleep is just as important as going to the gym and eating a well-balanced diet.”

Burke said that her biggest take away from the event was how to unwind before bed. “I was surprised when I found out using my phone before sleeping was unhealthy. Now I try to stay away from bright screens like computers, TVs and phones at least an hour before I go to sleep.”