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Becca Don, Student Wellness
Steph Beecher, Student Wellness

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The Impact of the Pandemic

Why This Assistance Is Needed

Practical Options to Use to Help You Manage the Impact of the Pandemic

 

The Impact of the Pandemic

Everyone can experience some combination of the factors below, but these can be exacerbated for individuals due to disproportionate impact of COVID-19 and longstanding structural and systemic inequities.

  1. Stress/anxiety (ex: Health impacts of COVID-19, increased responsibilities) = impacts on sleep patterns, quantity, quality
  2. New routines (ex: Remote classwork, asynchronous classes) = change in sleep patterns = poor sleep quality
  3. Additional responsibilities (ex: on-campus employment, focus on academics, supporting family) = less time for sleep

In summary:  Poor sleep ------> poor mental health

Why This Assistance Is Needed

  1. Help students be aware of their time management in order to develop consistent sleep schedule
  2. Provide students, staff and faculty who interact with other students, staff and faculty, a quick and easy referral.
  3. Allow individuals to engage with the program in digital or non-digital formats
  4. Help Hawkeyes notice to how quality of sleep impacts mental health through daily tracking

Practical Options to Use to Help You Manage the Impact of the Pandemic

Students:

  1. An app accessible by smartphone or tablet, that provides individualized sleep improvement strategies and feedback 
  2. A weekly email program that provides education, strategies, and activities to understand and improve sleep
  3. A consult with a Wellness Staff member to learn about sleep improvement strategies, and get connected to other resources that could be useful. 
  4. Meet with medical providers at Student Health to make a referral to UIHC Sleep Clinic or additional medical support. 
  5. Paper handout with weekly education and activities that can be mailed out. Students can register by emailing Rebecca-don@uiowa.edu

Employees

  1. An app accessible by smartphone or tablet, that provides individualized sleep improvement strategies and feedback. 
  2. In person or virtual consult with an EAP staff member to learn about sleep improvement strategies, and get connected to other resources that could be useful.