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What is the Dream Team?

The Dream Team is a group of undergraduate, health peer educators who focus assessing and promoting healthy sleep environments and habits on Auburn University’s campus through campus-wide events and initiatives.

  • Educate the student body about the importance of sleep to overall wellness and on healthy habits to implement to increase the quality and quantity of sleep.
  • Provide resources to students promoting healthy sleep habits.
  • Assess the environment, student habits, and student attitudes towards sleep and how it contributes to overall wellness.

What Students Say about Dream Team

“Through Dream Team I learned the importance of healthy sleep, how to achieve better sleep, and what to avoid. I learned the consequences of lack of sleep and how and why to prioritize sleep as part of a healthy lifestyle.”

“I loved learning new information that I didn’t know previously about sleep, and I loved the social aspect and being able to gather support from the other members of the Dream Team!”

Becoming a Member of the Team

What do you do as a member of the Dream Team?

  • Weekly workshops about sleep
  • Present to groups on campus about healthy sleeping
  • Promotion on the concourse and at campus events

If you are interested in getting involved email Markie Pasternak, Coordinator of Outreach and Peer Education, mrp0055@auburn.edu.

Campus Events

Rest and Restore

A new class offered through Campus Recreation and sponsored by the Dream Team!

  • 30 minute class starting with a 10 minute meditation, followed by a 20 minute nap
  • Wednesdays 1:30 PM; Mind Body Room, Campus Recreation Center
  • Practice good sleep hygiene with the Dream Team and Campus Recreation Staff!

Sleep Tips

Why Does Sleep Matter?

  • Your body has an internal clock that can only function with the right amount of sleep.
  • Sleep is our body’s own phone charger! Your body restores everything to the way it should be after a day of ‘wear and tear’.
  • Lack of sleep can cause mood swings, suicidal thoughts, impair your immune system, reduce attention span, and impair memory functioning.

Sleep Hygiene

Sleep Hygiene involves a variety of different practices and habits that are necessary to have good nighttime sleep quality and full day time alertness. Are you practicing sleep hygiene? Check out the list of practices below:

  • Limit exposure to blue light before bed time– meaning phones, tv’s, computers or any screens.
  • Reduce caffeine consumption after lunch time.
  • Reserve your bed only for sleeping– studying or eating in your bed will train your brain to be alert in bed instead of sleepy.
  • Keep technology out of your bedroom at night.
  • Use a white noise machine or app to block out sounds that may interrupt your sleep.
  • Keep your room at 67 degrees while you sleep, this helps your body get to the temperature it needs to go into its sleep cycle.