Students Need More Sleep, Less Stress

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Mar 01, 2008

Mind-Body-Spirit News

American college students represent a large potential market for body-mind activities that promote relaxation and stress reduction. Students nationwide report that the top five factors impacting their academic performance are stress, colds and flus, sleep difficulties, concern for troubled friends or family members, and relationship difficulties, according to the American College Health Association 2006 National College Health Assessment. In response to these findings, colleges across the country are making efforts to educate students on good sleep habits and relaxation.

At the State University of New York, Buffalo, the Student Wellness Center held a “Snoozefest” event. In addition to offering tips on good sleep hygiene, the program included yoga and guided relaxation demonstrations. To promote student well-being, the Student Wellness Center offers free yoga and Pilates classes during the school term.

To learn more about the student health survey, go to

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at