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Lizzzzzzz Weinstein ’16 cares about your zzzzzz’s

Start off the semester right in the spirit of Mindfulness Month
learning about the balance of sleep, nutrition, and exercise from Wes
alum Dr. Shelley Berson ’81. There will be FREE dinner, yoga, and
sleep-related goodies for all that attend. Feel free to invite your

When: Today February 10th  6:30-8:15pm
Where: Usdan 108
Cost: Free

Month of Mindfulness Continues


Katie McLaughlin ’15 brings you more mindfulness:

The Month of Mindfulness started off with a bang! If you missed the first week though, there are plenty of opportunities to be mindful this month.

Monday (2/10) from 6:30 to 8:15 in Usdan 108, there will be a sleep specialist coming to Wesleyan. This will include a FREE dinner, a talk about sleep on college campuses, yoga and sleep related goodies. Bring your friends!

Join 8-to-8

8-to-8 writes in with the following:8ball2

Interested in joining 8-to-8, Wesleyan’s non-directive, confidential, anonymous, peer-run, and all-around amazing listening service? Come to one of our information sessions!

We’ll be meeting in the Usdan multipurpose room (in the bottom of Usdan) on Thursday 10/3 at 12, Friday 10/4 at 12, and Sunday 10/6 at 4:45.

We’ll discuss our listening philosophy and mission statement as well as the interviewing/training process for interested applicants. If you can’t make the info sessions but are still interested in applying for the service, email us at eight2eight[at]gmail[dot]com.

Date: Oct 3, Oct 4, Oct 6
Time: 12:00PM, 12:00PM, and 4:45PM respectively (see above)
Place: Usdan Multipurpose Room

Be a Peer Health Advocate; Make safe sex great sex!

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Love your peers? Love health?  Love advocacy?

If you said yes to these questions, then you’d be one heck of a Peer Health Advocate (PHA)!

Join the awesome WesWell team that brings SexQuest, WeSheep, puppies, the Mindfulness Carnival, oh Megan! and world class health education to Wes.

Apply to be a PHA HERE by noon on Fri. Sept. 27!

Drop a line to weswell(at)wesleyan(dot)edu if you have any questions.

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Yes, There Are Actually Nap Machines in Olin and SciLi


They went ahead and replaced all the rickety old chairs in Olin, but what are they doing to help you take power naps in the library and get your required six hours? A lot, in turns out. In fact, there are now nap machines in Olin and SciLi. Your friends aren’t messing with you—this is for real.

An anonymous tipster writes in with the fantastic news:

There is a nap machine being installed in Olin!! Take your robot naps now! 20 minutes with lights and soothing vibrations. It’s on the main floor and the guy installing it seemed to think it was permanent. NAPS OF THE FUTURE. TIRED IS A THING OF THE PAST!

They’re called “Energy Pods,” as it turns out, and they were created about ten years ago by two ’90s alums, Christopher Lindholst ‘97 and Arshad Chowdhury ’98. The machines were chronicled in a 2004 Courant article, which describes them as “disconcertingly futuristic-looking” (well, yeah, they’re called “energy pods”). In the article, Chowdhury boasts about their “visual and audio privacy,” because more privacy is precisely what is demanded in the Olin stacks.Photos below, interview with the installer after the jump.

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Second Stage Presents: True West

Come see True West, a play by Sam Shepard, directed by Zach Libresco ’13:


Men grapple with identity, brotherhood, Hollywood, golf, mothers, sleep, typewriters, breakfast…did I mention TOAST?

Something for everyone, and it’s free!

Get tickets at the Usdan Box Office between 10am-4:30pm or get to the theater early.

Dates: Tonight, Tomorrow (Friday), and Saturday
Time: 8 pm
Place: ’92 Theater

Studying making you sleepy?

From the same group that brought you these helpful sleep tips:

Studying making you sleepy?


Take a quick naptime study break with the Peer Health Advocates! We’ll wake you up at the end of two hours, leaving you refreshed and ready to tackle that next absurd chunk of writing. We have yoga mats for napping but feel free to bring your blankets and pillows. Bedtime stories provided!

Date: Monday, December 12th
Time: 3-5pm
Place: Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center

This made me sleepy posting it.


Finals got you stressing? Not sleeping as much as you need to? Seriously debating the pro’s/con’s of directly injecting caffeine into your bloodstream? Well, you might want to reconsider that 5th cup of coffee after reading these lovely sleep tidbits sent in by our amazing and dedicated Peer Health Advocates.

For more advice and information on sleep, stop by WesWell or set up an appointment with a Health Educator at WesWell.

Sleep Fun Facts:

  1. Most adults need between 7.5 and 9 hours of sleep per night – typically we should feel wide-awake and energetic all day without a significant midday drop in alertness.
  2. Light is the most powerful cue affecting sleep: darkness triggers the release of melatonin, a hormone that brings on sleep.
  3. It takes one hour of sleep to pay for every two hours of wakefulness.
  4. A well rested person takes 15 to 20 minutes to fall asleep.
  5. Brief naps taken daily are far healthier than sleeping in or taking very long naps on the weekend.

Lecture: Emily Martin on Sleep

Emily Martin, Professor of Anthropology at NYU, is coming to Wes tomorrow to talk about sleep in our modern age. Part of the “Figuring the Human” lecture series sponsored by the Center for the Humanities:

Exploring historical and ethnographic materials from the U.S. since WW II, Professor Martin’s illustrated lecture explores how and why sleep has recently become a complex management project dependent on discipline and attention. Even dreaming (for Freud, a chance to hear the unconscious) has become an activity that can be optimized for increased productivity.

Research from American public health experts and sleep scientists together with incitements from the bedding industry and the pharmaceutical industry have contributed to making American sleep an enterprise that demands continuous labor rather than providing sore labour’s bath.

Date: Monday, October 6
Time: 8-9:30 pm
Place: Russell House – Millett Room

Daylight Savings Time

A reminder that Daylight squandering time returns at 2am tonight/Sunday morning. Set your clocks back an hour before you go to sleep!

Depending on how you look at it, you either get an extra hour of sleep, or an extra hour of partying! You win both ways!