The Importance of Quality Sleep


In today’s elite academic institutions and high-performing workplaces, sleep is often downgraded to a status of secondary importance. The thrill of instant gratification takes precedence over the dull and laborious wait that inevitably precedes the onset of sleep. When time is limited, our attention becomes a commodity – and it is this commodification that has heralded in the era of ubiquitous computing. Saying “yes” to our smartphone is saying “no” to sleep. Chronic sleep loss is commonplace in today’s society, yet even among the brightest of individuals, we are unaware of the potential health effects of habitual sleep restriction.

Our Sleep Imperial campaign hopes to transform the way you perceive sleep and improve your general wellbeing. In the meantime, set a caffeine curfew – cut the caffeine prior to 6pm. Black it out – keep your electronics away from your bed, and turn off all unnecessary light around your room to maximise sleep quality. Meditate for 10-15 minutes prior to sleep, or listen to some Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) recordings – this will calm your body and prepare you for sleep.


Imperial Sleep Week Events Listing 2017


Monday 13 November

SleepImperial Launch: 12:15 - 13:15 @ Garden Room, Chaplaincy 

Join us for an introduction to the motivations of Imperial Sleep Week, some fun sleep-related activities - including calming meditation and 4-7-8 breathing - culminating in some 'collective napping' in the rich, luxurious and indulgent environment that is the Garden Room at the Chaplaincy. Our resident expert in mindfulness meditation, Multi-faith Chaplain Karuna Priya, will lead the guided meditation.

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'The Importance of Sleep' Evening Talk: 18:00 - 19:15 @ SAFB Room 122, Sir Alexander Fleming Building

Join us for an interactive and fun seminar with world-leading sleep researcher, Professor Mary Morrell. Discuss the importance of sleep for leading healthy and fulfilling lives. Understand and use techniques to improve your sleep quality and life satisfaction. Finally, learn further about this exciting field of research.

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Tuesday 14 November - Friday 17 November

Library Pop-up Stand: All day @ Library Entrance

Come talk to us at the entrance of the Library where we will share with you the magic that is created by prioritising sleeping well. Take one of our educational leaflets, or just drop by for a chat about anything that interests - from ideas for campaigns to working together to define the meaning of life.

Ethos Yoga & Sleeping Sessions: Tuesday 14 November, 15:00 - 16:00

Talk to the Active Lifestyles Team about how sleeping well and supplementary activities such as Yoga could transform your life. Let them show you the way in these professionally-led sessions.

There's limited spaces - sign up here!

Rest & Re-focus Sessions: 

Tuesday 14 November: 12:00 - 14:00 @ Union Meeting Rooms 1 & 2, Union Building - sign up here!

Wednesday 15 November: 12:00 - 14:00 @ Union Meeting Room 1, Union Building and Room 403A, Electrical Engineering Building - sign up here for the Union Building and here for EEE!

Thursday 16 November: 12:00 - 14:00 @ Union Activity Space 1, Union Building - sign up here!

Friday 17 November: 12:00 - 14:00 @ Union Meeting Rooms 1 & 2, Union Building - sign up here


Relax in dedicated spaces for recuperation. Make yourself at home on our specially bought soft-furniture. Catch-up on sleep to make the afternoon better than the morning, meditate to re-energise or just come to meet new, like-minded people and have decent, calming and cool conversation.


Relevant Articles

Check out our Articles in Felix about the following:

The Importance of Quality Sleep

Campaigning for a better Imperial

Self-help Books, a Compulsory Course Requirement


Any Question? Stay in touch!


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