Dear Members of the Class of 2022,
Sleep duration, timing, and quality are especially important for young adults, who are most impacted by the adverse effects of sleep deficiency. Sleep 101 is an award-winning program for incoming college students prepared by Harvard Medical School faculty through the Sleep Matters Initiative at Brigham Health. The module explores the intersections of sleep and various areas critical for a successful college experience, namely academic performance, athletics, mental and physical health, and social relationships.
Through this program, you will learn how to:
- Optimize your resilience
- Sustain the energy to thrive
- Perform at your best
- Avoid burnout and exhaustion
You will also learn more about sleep resources both at Harvard College and beyond, should you desire further support.
The Sleep Matters Initiative will have a booth during orientation at the Happy. Healthy. Harvard. event on August 30, where they will be available to answer your questions. Moreover, the Harvard Student Undergraduate Council is supporting the distribution of eye masks and foam ear plugs to all incoming first-year students to help you sleep better. These will be available from your proctor.
Instructions for Launching the Sleep 101 Module
- Turn off your browser’s pop-up blocker (course must open in a secondary browser window)
- If using a Mac, please disable Adblocker.
- If you cannot view the course navigation when the course opens, please maximize the course browser window.
- If leaving your computer for 30 minutes or more, please exit the course to ensure your most recent progress is recorded.
If you need reasonable accommodation to access this course, please contact:
We sincerely hope that Sleep 101 will help you make the most of your time at Harvard and thank you in advance for your participation. Should you have questions or concerns about this program once you arrive on campus, please do not hesitate to contact your proctor, your resident dean, or a healthcare provider at Harvard University Health Services.
Lauren Brandt, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Students
Charles A. Czeisler, Ph.D., M.D.
Director, Division of Sleep Medicine
Harvard Medical School