CAPS Personal Counseling Services can help students with issues related to adjusting to college and other psychological, interpersonal, and family problems. Individual, couple, and group sessions are available.

Tips For Better Sleeping

Sleep has a profound impact on our mood and emotional resilience. In fact, a large scale research study found that having a poor nights' sleep decreases our chances of experiencing a self-reported "good day" by over half. Although the amount of sleep each person needs varies some, most people require between seven and eight hours of sleep each night. The following are some suggestions for helping with good sleep.  

  • Have a routine. As much as possible, get up at the approximately the same time and go to bed at the same time each night. On week-ends try to stick within an hour of your week-day schedule. 
  • Sleep only when you are tired.  If you have not fallen asleep within twenty minutes of getting into bed, get up and find something else to do.  Read, talk to a friend, etc. until you feel tired enough to go to sleep. Staying in bed trying to force sleep can start to create the association of being in bed with frustration, not with sleep.
  • Only use your bed for sleeping.  Watch TV, read and do homework in a separate location.  Again, create the association of your bed with sleep.
  • Exercise on a regular basis. Exercise helps with many things, including reducing anxiety, improving sleep, and increasing energy.  
  • Avoid taking naps.  Research clearly indicates sleeping during the day will make it more difficult for you to fall asleep at night. If you are in the habit of taking naps, it may be difficult for the first few days, but it will be worth the effort.

KU students who would like to process or discuss related personal issues or reactions are welcome to come to CAPS to do so. Interfaith Vigil for Racial Justice August 28 On Thursday, August 28 at 7:30pm, there will be an Interfaith Vigil for Michael Brown and other victims of racial violence at St. Luke’s AME Church, 900 New York Street. In Solidarity with the People of Ferguson & in Pursuit of Racial Justice A multi-faith and multi-racial event will take place on Thursday evening. Billed as “part vigil for Mike Brown and other victims of racial violence, part demonstration of solidarity, and part rally for justice in our criminal justice system and in our communities,” the event is intended to bring together people from across the Lawrence community, from all faith traditions and none, to stand together against racism. “Many factors contributed to Mike Brown's death,” said organizer Rabbi Moti Rieber of the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation. “From the resegregation of society, to the 'war on drugs' which takes such a toll in communities of color, to the militarization of the police force. This event is just the first effort to bring us together and to begin to develop strategies to address these concerns.” Speakers will include Rev. Verdell Taylor of St Luke AME; Rev. Jill Jarvis of the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence; Rev. Peter Luckey, of Plymouth Congregational Church; Dr. Randal Jelks of KU's Department of African and African American Studies; Joanna Harderer of Peace Mennonite Church; Moussa Elbayoumy of the Lawrence Islamic Center; and Rabbi Rieber of the Lawrence JCC.

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