The Student Wellness Advocacy Group (S.W.A.G.) hosted their first ever Sleep Fair Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the KAV.
S.W.A.G. collaborated with a couple people from the campus and local community to create a program that provided with Etown students with different resources related to sleep.
A couple areas of information included dream interpretation, naps and aromatherapy.
S.W.A.G. does weekly programming related to different health topics important to college students. Usually there programs consist of a table in the BSC with information and some sort of activity to get students interested in health, but this topic was expected to be of special interest to students.
“We’ve never done anything with sleep before, and it’s seemed to have a lot of interest in the past,” said sophomore Kaitlyn Freed, who was in charge of this event.
Freed felt this topic was specifically important to college students since most students do not get enough sleep.
First-year Rebecca Russell did not know about the event until right before it started but thought it would be interesting.
“I really liked it because I have trouble sleeping. It takes me like an hour to fall asleep.”
Russell found the station on naps especially interesting. She was happy to find out that an hour and a half is considered a perfect amount of time to take a nap since she often takes naps close to that length of time. The aromatherapy and dream interpretation table were also interesting to Russell.
Another student, sophomore Danielle Suomela, saw the signs for the fair on her way back to her dorm and decided to stop in.
“I didn’t know that there was so many essential oils that could help—aromatherapy-wise—with your sleep, I thought it was just three or four but it ends up being a lot more than that,” Suomela said.
S.W.A.G. was also offering a drawing for either a tempurpedic pillow or an aromatherapy diffuser for students who visited at least three of the available tables.
Every student was also able to take a sleep kit the S.W.A.G. members provided with an eye mask and a pair of ear plugs to help block out light and sound. Blocking out light and sound helps to guarantee better sleep throughout the night.