Dear Duke Parents,
Although most of you aren’t as old as I am, my hope is that you might remember or be familiar with John Denver, a songwriter and performer who tragically died in a plane crash in 1997. I used to listen to John Denver’s songs all the time and I recently came across a video of him reciting a poem entitled, “Ambulance Down in the Valley.” My attention went to one particular verse:
You might think the signs of exhaustion are obvious, but sleep deprivation isn’t as obvious as you might think it is. Its effects creep up on us. Here are a few common manifestations of this sleep deprivation monster.
You fidget a lot. And you don’t normally.
You might think this is a reflection of your energy that just can’t be contained. But it can actually be a symptom of chronic sleep loss. Your body is going into to hyper-drive. Can’t stop moving might mean you need to stop.
Many of you have been dealing with allergies all your life. Some of you are new to the South and the abundant variety of plant life. You may find your face melting and your sinuses in revolt.
Welcome to allergy season.
What causes allergies?
Midterms are alive and well. As students, we’ve all realized that the hard way, unfortunately. In an act of solidarity, I’m gonna share some wisdom from Jean Hanson and Jo Supernaw at the Wellness center. With these myths busted you’ll, in my opinion, be able to kick midterm’s a** better. (Hint: It involves more sleep.)
Myth #1: The effects of my all-nighter only impacts me.
One of the most common complaints we here from students is ânot getting enough sleepâ. With class work, student org. meetings, roommates, etc., students at Duke struggle to find ways to make sure they get a solid nightâs sleep. The Health and Wellness units (DUWELL, Student Health and Nutrition Services, CAPS, DukeReach and Recreation) have heard you loud and clear. So, we came out on campus to find out more and provide resources to help you all get the rest and relaxation youâve been asking for.
Student Affairs will be arranging transportation to the funeral and memorial services of Alexander Rickabaugh. We hope to accommodate all students who would like to attend these services via chartered bus. In order to meet transportation demands please complete the following questions to reserve a spot:
We are working out options for food on the bus for the way out and back, but if you have specific dietary needs, please bring food with you.