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Are You Ready to Fall in Love…With Sleep?

The “Fall in Love with Sleep” challenge
The “Fall in Love with Sleep” challenge will take place between Feb. 1 and 28.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 8, 2021) — With Valentine’s Day approaching, University of Kentucky faculty, staff and students are invited to join the “Fall in Love with Sleep” challenge.

Most adults average about six hours of sleep per night or even less. But healthy sleep patterns can help reduce stress and anxiety; improve performance at work and school; lower your risk for health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and weight problems; and even improve your immune response.

Jointly sponsored by UK Human Resources Health and Wellness and UK Campus Recreation and Wellness, the “Fall in Love with Sleep” challenge is to monitor your sleep using the Sleeprate app for at least seven days during the month of February. The nights do not need to be consecutive, but they must fall between Feb. 1 and 28 to be considered for a prize. 

To participate in the challenge:

  1. Visit the Sleep Well page. 
  2. Fill out a sleep pre-assessment. When you complete the pre-assessment, you will receive a link to register your linkblue email and create a password (you must use your linkblue account to download the Sleeprate app for free – it normally costs $9.99 per month).
  3. Download the new Sleeprate app from the app store of your choice.
  4. Sign in using the email and password your set up previously and follow the prompts.
  5. Log in and record your sleep for seven or more nights to be eligible for a prize.
  6. Learn skills and strategies to help you sleep better and increase your well-being!

Prizes for employees: The first 100 employees who download the app will receive a free UK blanket. If you log seven or more nights of sleep using the app you will be entered to win one of three Fitbits.

Prizes for students: All students who download the app will be eligible to pick up a free UK blanket. Log seven or more nights of sleep using the app to be entered to win one of three Garmin watches.

Winners will be notified with instructions for prize pickup in March.

If you are already a Sleeprate user, you can still participate! You will just need to download the new app. You may continue to use the older app but you won’t be eligible for the blanket or raffle.

For more information about the “Fall in Love with Sleep” challenge and the Sleeprate app, visit the Sleep Well page.

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

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