Catching ZZZs

April 26, 2012

“A well-spent day brings happy sleep.” — Leonardo da Vinci

It sounds easy, but in reality, it can be so difficult: getting enough sleep! And you might not have thought about it much, but being well-rested is SO important to your job this summer.

First, being well-rested is critical to the health and safety of your campers. You’re expected to have the energy and clear head to be 100% present at every moment with them. Don’t let sleep-deprivation cloud your judgment! 

Not to mention — have you ever met anyone who is an absolute joy to be around when they haven’t had enough sleep? Be your charming, witty, positive self this summer — don’t let snarky comments or a bad attitude creep out around your co-counselors because you’re tired.


  • According to the National Sleep Foundation, you need 7–9 hours of sleep each night. 
  • It matters what you do when you’re awake! Avoid caffeine, finish eating two to three hours before bed, and exercise during the day — these things can help you get a restful sleep at night.
  • Get into a routine with what time you wake up and go to bed. Stick to it on the weekends, too.
  • Make sleep a priority!

Find these tips and more on the National Sleep Foundation’s Web site.

For more self-care strategies this summer, check out these articles: Top 10 Summer Survival Tips; Be at Your Best to Do Your Best.