• Students will understand the importance of sleep
  • Students will be able to identify risks associated with lack of sleep
  • Students will have a better understanding of their own sleep habits

Yoga for Bed 5-7 min

Watch the video and follow along. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/09/17/yoga-for-sleep_n_3505226.html (3 minute video)

Processing Questions

  • Did you become more physically relaxed or sleepy following the exercises?
  • Did performing the exercises help you relax your mind or unwind?
  • Do you think this is something that you may be able to incorporate into your day to day life?

Sleep Habits Pictionary 10-15 min

  • Prior to the start of the meeting (or before you start the activity), cut each of the sleep habit clues on the Pictionary Clues into individual strips. Fold the strips in half and place in a bowl, hat, or container.
  • Break into even groups (3-4 people each)
  • In each group, take turns having one member pull out one of the healthy sleep habits and draw the clue (without talking) for the rest of his or her group members to guess.
  • Spend one minute per clue drawing the clue and letting the group guess  (can use a sand timer or online timer or timer on cellphone). If a group does not guess correctly, the group member drawing should share out what the clue was. The goal is to guess the concept of the clue, and it is okay if the guess does not match the exact wording on the paper!

Jeopardy!: Importance of Sleep 15 min

  • Count off by 3’s to separate the students into three teams.
  • Have each team spend two minutes to come up with a team name.
  • Play Jeopardy!, allowing each team to select one question at a time. If the team does not come up with the right answer, the next team in rotation has the option to answer the questions and steal the point value of the question.
  • Rotate through until all Jeopardy questions have been answered.
  • Once the leader has gone through all of the questions pass out the “Importance of Sleep Infographic” to each student.  Leader should go through the infographic with students and then ask the following processing questions.
  • Processing Questions:
    • What is the most surprising fact on this infographic to you?
    • Why do you think students continually suffer from sleep deprivation?
    • What things are in your control to get a better night’s sleep?
    • Is there a better way for us to try to achieve a work(school)/life balance?
    • What do you think is the number one reason students will put off sleep?

Works Cited

  • Sleep Habits: National Sleep Foundation, sleep.org

Additional Resources

  • Calulate your sleep time to maximize sleep: http://sleepyti.me/
  • Challenge Yourself, a Friend, the school…
    • Start a one-week “Launch and Learn” experiment among friends, in which you each commit to week- long lifestyle changes that will have a positive effect on your sleep. Launch and Learn commitments might include:
      • One week in which you are technology free in the hour before bedtime.
      • One week where you remove all phones, laptops and electronic gadgets from your bedroom.
      • One week in which you go to bed at the same time each night, even on the weekends.
      • One week in which you are caffeine free (no coffee, soda, energy drinks).