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Trinity Hall
14 Mar 2023

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Sleep Wellbeing event this term! 100 sleep packs were handed out to students, staff and Fellows, and various members of our community came together to think about how we can improve our sleep.

Sleep tips from the Trinity Hall community

Thank you to everyone who wrote on our graffiti board and shared tips on what helps you sleep:

  • Exercise during the day
  • Working
  • Studying (hard/well)
  • Podcasts/ meditation podcast
  • Teddies/ cuddly toys
  • Lavender on my pillow
  • Cuddling my hot water bottle
  • Reading a book
  • Listen to calm instrumental music and read poetry
  • Mindfulness breathing techniques/ breathing exercises
  • Avoid screen time 60 minutes before bed
  • Doing nothing before bed

How to sleep better (by Lisa and the Wellbeing Team)

If you would like to learn more about how you can get a better night’s sleep, the Mental Health Foundation’s Guide on “How to Sleep Better” gives advice on the four factors that affect the quality of sleep: health, environment, attitude and lifestyle.

The Psychological Wellbeing Service has developed a self-help video series on “Managing Sleep Difficulties”, including sleep hygiene and managing nightmares (see episode six for more details).

For those who enjoy a bit of Netflix entertainment, the “Headspace Guide to Sleep” video series is based on the latest research and includes wind-downs at the end of each video.

The Sleep Foundation provides extensive information and advice on sleep, including recent articles and studies as well as sleep solutions, and even a sleep quiz.

The University Counselling Service self-help page on “Sleep” includes links to organisations and services that specialise in sleep, sleep management programmes, sleep apps, and book recommendations.

Some students might enjoy attending “A Goodnight’s Sleep” workshop provided by the University Counselling Service (dates for next term’s workshops to be released soon).

For a copy of the presentation that was given at the workshop, please email Lisa Déry:

Progressive Muscel relaxation with Sarah Parkin, Counsellor