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Get Ready to Optimize Your Sleep With UK HR Health and Wellness and Work-Life

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 1, 2021) — Do you struggle to get a good night’s sleep? Do you find yourself tired during the day?

Getting sufficient sleep not only reduces drowsiness, it can also help lessen stress and anxiety; improve performance at work and school; lower your risk for health problems such as diabetes, weight issues and heart disease; and even improve your immune response.

University of Kentucky Human Resources Health and Wellness and Work-life are offering a four-week online series that will look at how various aspects of our lives affect the quality of our sleep.

Optimizing Your Sleep” begins Thursday, July 8, from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Each week, experts will discuss topics including sleep habits and environment, how physical activity and nutrition affect sleep and the connection between sleep and mental health.

UK employees also have free access to the Sleeprate app, a tool for evaluating and improving your sleep habits (normally $9.99 per month). Sleeprate can be used with or without a wearable device such as a Fitbit, Garmin or Apple Watch. For more information about how to download and use the app, visit the better sleep page.

Join in for a holistic approach to better rest through “Optimizing Your Sleep.” You can register here.

As a UK employee, Health and Wellness and Work-life services are available if you would like to speak with a health coach or therapist about ongoing sleep issues or other areas of your life that impact your well-being.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.