August 2017

Optimizing your room for sleep success

Red alarm clock

Sleep has been proven to be a factor in academic success. According to a study from the University of Rome La Sapienza, students who get consistent sleep have a better capacity for learning and consequently better academic performance. As you are moving into your new rooms next week, whether they are on or off-campus, consider the following tips for setting up your room for sleep success:

Wellness podcast and app recommendations: Anxiety Slayer and MindTools

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Wellness podcast and app recommendations

Bug bites and stings

Bee on a lavendar flower

With the summer months upon us, you’ll likely be outside more and consequently, you might end up getting a bug bite or sting. Health Services sees an increase in visitors looking for more information about bites that they’ve received over the summer.

Here’s some frequently asked questions about bug bites and stings:

Healthy snack ideas for when you’re on the go


Snacking on the right foods can help keep your body and brain well-fuelled during a busy day. You can prevent a mid-day energy crisis or a loss of concentration during that late-night study session by including a power-providing snack to keep you focused. Sugary or starchy foods, like cookies, crackers or candies will give you an immediate energy boost but can leave you feeling drowsy and sluggish after an hour or two. 

Six tips for sleep success

A pink alarm clock

Sleep is an often overlooked aspect of self-care. With so many priorities to juggle in your life like classes, exams, part-time jobs, and socializing, it can be difficult to find time to sleep. Maintaining a regular bedtime and wake-up time is important because waking up early and having good sleep habits are shown to help with information retention and academic averages. Our bodies need between seven to nine hours of sleep for optimal functioning. Follow the tips below for optimal sleep success:

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