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MU Helps Students Cope with Sleep Deprivation

The start of a semester can bring about certain anxieties, issues which in the long run may affect a student's academic results and emotions.

One of these in particular is sleep deprivation, an almost guarantee when one mixes a time to focus with  time to party.

Although lack of sleep can rarely be changed with our hectic schedules, there are opportunities to educate yourself in these issues further.

Commencing on February 8th, the Health Promotion and Wellness sector of the Student Health Center at the University of Missouri will be running Sleep Solutions classes, a complimentary four week course aimed to teach students strategies and tips to overcoming burdens such as lack of sleep.

The program will be lead by health educator Andrea Kimura and will assist students in adapting to the behavior changes and environmental changes in which sleep deprivation sparks.

Kimura stated the inspiration for the program started in the fall of 2013 when the health center wanted to “create a class that specifically focused on sleep hygeine.”

According to the American College of Health Association, sleep deprivation is classified as the number two issue faced by the everyday college students behind stress, however Kimura stated that “we have plenty of classes that address stress, but we didn’t have any that address sleep issues.”

Kimura said that “the quality of our sleep is going to effect what we eat, how we process information, how we interact with others, how we interact with ourselves.”

Classes are being held on Monday’s between 1:30-2:45 p.m. and will be held at the Contemplative Practice Center on campus. All currently enrolled students are welcome.