Overcoming sleeplessness

The amount of sleep we need varies from person to person.  Anything from six to ten hours is normal for adults, but many people manage on less.  As a university student, you probably have many demands on your time and energy, so it’s important that you stay healthy and get the sleep that you need. 

An occasional bad night’s sleep is a normal, healthy adjustment to changing circumstances or environmental conditions. 

Changes to your longer term sleep pattern might occur, however, if you change your lifestyle, lose / gain weight, or suffer from stress, anxiety or depression.  Where this means that you’re not getting enough sleep try, where possible, to address any underlying causes.

The following resources suggest long and short term approaches to overcoming sleeplessness.  We suggest that you experiment to find what works for you.

Resources and support within the Faculty

If sleeplessness is affecting your ability to study, you can also make an  appointment (via Information Points 0117 32 85678 to discuss your situation with a Student Adviser.

Other resources and support

  • UWE's Counselling Service web site includes a ‘Help yourself’ section which directs you to guidance on a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, sleep and sleeplessness.

You can book appointments with a Counsellor via the Centre for Student Affairs Reception (Level 3, F Block, tel 0117 32 85678).

  • General practitioners can suggest support for sleeplessness.

You should also know

  • If you feel that, despite your attempts to overcome sleeplessness, it has significantly affected your ability to study, you may consider following the University’s Extenuating Circumstances procedure.

    If you’d like to discuss this, make an appointment with a Faculty Student Adviser.

  • If sleeplessness is frequent and disabling, or if you suspect a serious or puzzling sleep disorder, talk to your GP.

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SAC Links:

To ask advisers quick questions email:

Enquiry Form

For appointments 0117 32 85678

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