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Sleep is something that we all do and perhaps think we understand and yet what does sleep really do? Why do we sleep? Current studies suggest that sleep is the price we pay for learning.

“Sleep is the price the brain must pay for learning and memory. During wake, learning strengthens the synaptic connections throughout the brain, increasing the need for energy and saturating the brain with new information. Sleep allows the brain to reset, helping integrate newly learned material with consolidated memories, so the brain can begin anew the next day.” – Dr. Giulio Tononi, UW Center for Sleep and Consciousness, 2015


Getting Started

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Why We Need It

Why do we sleep?

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  B.I.S. – Behavioral Intervention Strategy

Improve Your Ability to Sleep


Light, sound, electronic devices and other distractions interfere with the natural sleep cycle. Eliminate and avoid these at least one hour before bed.


Create a pattern that will let your body know it is time to sleep. Dim the lights, pick a relaxing activity, tidy your environment. Do it the same way every day.


Eat well during the day. Stop eating at least four hours before bed so your body can settle your last meal. Avoid caffeine and other items that will wake you up.



The more time you spend learning the less capacity you have to learn. At some point your brain will shut down and react by making you sleepy. Don’t resist. Even a nap can help.


Meditation can be an excellent part of your bedtime routine. It can calm your mind and relax your body.


Inability to sleep well can be the sign of serious issues. If you continue to experience trouble sleeping, visit a professional.


Interested in learning more? Email: lead@westernu.edu


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