Sleepin’ Deacon Challenge

The Sleeping’ Deacon Challenge is Back!

For the 2017 challenge, 30 Sleepin’ Deacons are taking on the challenge of getting a full night’s sleep (between 7-9 hours) for two weeks. Using a variety of sleep hygiene tips, these Sleepin’ Deacons are tasked with completing at least 7 of the 10 sleep challenges to alter their sleep pattern and increase their mental acuity and overall emotional and physical wellbeing! Cheer on our 30 Sleepin’ Deacons via social media with #WFUSleepinDeacon.

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Congratulations to A.S.I.A represented by Jenny Liu for winning the 2017 Sleepin’ Deacon Challenge.


Meet the Sleepin’ Deacons from Spring 2017

Kailen Gore Laura Welti
Jenny Liu Megan Jenkins
Christopher Crafton Natalie Casimir
Betsy Chapman Tomma Guastaferro
Melissa Mickles Carol Ann Harris
Amanda Kim Benjamin Gilbert
Shannon Ashford Sarah Hoyle
Alyvia Williams Darlene Starnes
Martin Seng Sadie O’Keefe
Gabriella Pappas Karringtan Harris
Lynsey Hill Tammy Griffin
Deborah Snyder Lauren Trethaway
Cheyenne Dolbear Corrine Lennard
Brittany Skaggs Lipika Salaye
Malika Roman Isler Melanie Hylton

Meet the Sleepin’ Deacons from Spring 2016!


My name is Cheyenne Dolbear I am from Madison, North Carolina. I chose to join the sleep challenge because I am passionate about my sleep and I believe that others on campus should start focusing more on their sleep. I hope to gain more information about sleep from this challenge and to gain more friends who want to sleep more. Sleep matters to me because it has been the most important thing for me to focus on for my health in college.


I’m Stephanie Skordas, with the WFU School of Business. I handle public relations and other communications needs for the School. I’m originally from Jacksonville, NC but have lived in the Triad for more than 20 years now. As a kid, I was a very light sleeper with bouts of insomnia. As an adult, I worked second shift for many years and LOVED it, but now I have children of my own so I’m a reformed night owl. I’ve been working on creating good sleep habits, and see the benefits when it all works. I’m excited to be a Sleepin’ Deacon!

11722446_10207569968151876_5664390185432117031_oHey Deacs! My name is Amy Xie and I am a senior biology major from Cary, North Carolina. I joined the Sleepin’ Deacon Challenge because I love my sleep. I went to a boarding school with a 1am internet cutoff, so I adopted a10:30pm bedtime. I haven’t turned back since! Getting good sleep helps me feel better and do better. I hope these two weeks will keep me accountable to more healthy sleep habits and make them stick. I look forward to sharing my journey with you!


My name is Kelly Larrimore, and I am currently the Office Manager Program Administrator for the Pro Humanitate Institute. I’m originally from the San Jose, California area, but I have lived in Kernersville, North Carolina for over 15 years and I am now in my 10th year of working at Wake Forest. I’m married with two children (one of which graduated from WF), and I have two stepchildren and one granddaughter.

My reason for joining the challenge was, honestly, to figure out a way to get a better night’s rest. As soon as I saw the challenge, I thought to myself, “This is exactly what I need!” I struggle with sleeping through the night on a regular basis, and I am hoping to gain some wisdom and insight into how to change that. Another great reason to accept this challenge is that it provides alternative ways to achieve better sleep without turning to medication.

I’m an advocate for a healthy, balanced life, and believe in what the Office of Well Being is trying to do for the entire university. For me, a good night’s rest is an essential foundation for my overall well being, and can only help with my mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. After reading the material and looking over the challenges, I am hopeful that my sleep patterns will improve.


My name is Natasha Vos and I am an AmeriCorps VISTA member in the Pro Humanitate Institute. I am originally from Chapel Hill, NC and went to school at NC State before coming to Wake Forest as a VISTA. I wanted to participate in the sleep challenge to push myself to have better sleep practices. I hope to learn more about how bedtime rituals and sleep impact personal health through a practice-based approach. As someone who suffers from frequent headaches, I am constantly doing research on personal health such as sleep and nutrition and how it contributes to wellness.

KarringtonHi, I’m Karringtan Harris and I am a first-year student from Charlotte, North Carolina.  I am participating in the sleep challenge because I have been having difficulties sleeping since the semester started, so I hopes this challenge will help me find new ways to deal with my temporary insomnia. Also, I hope that I will gain some much needed rest from this experience as well as methods to improve my sleep schedule. Sleep matters to me because trying to survive an 8AM without sleep is nearly impossible.


Morgyn is a Freshman from Chesterfield, Virginia. She is currently on the Pre-Med track here at Wake Forest and a proud member of Wake Radio. When she is not on campus, she enjoys doing volunteer work at various schools in her hometown. Morgyn prefers to stay busy. As a result of her hectic schedule, she misses out on well-needed rest. Just like most other students here at Wake, she likes to get one more hour of studying in before calling it a night. She decided to take the Sleep Challange as motivation to achieve healthier sleeping habits.

Melanie Hylton Sleepin'Deacon Bio Pic

My name is Melanie Hylton and I work in the Office of the Dean of the College.  I am originally from Eden, North Carolina and I currently live in Greensboro.  I chose to join the sleep challenge because I struggle to fall asleep and get a good night’s rest.  Because of this, I am always looking for ways to improve my sleep quality.  I hope this experience will help me focus more on my habits prior to bed, so that I can fall asleep faster and get more hours of sleep.  Sleep is the main remedy I use to manage stress and illnesses. I believe that adequate sleep is one of the best ways to improve your health and productivity and that it is a key component in healing and rejuvenating the mind and body.


Week of Sleep - February 6 - 10th

Week of Sleep – February 6 – 10th


Learn about the importance of sleep and how it affects you through our sleep workshops! Come to each workshop and leave with a sleep gear prize (while supplies last, first come first serve)! Come to all five workshops to collect all free prizes and gear up for our 2-week Sleep Challenge!

Join the Sleep Challenge by February 9, 2017!  Join us for the 2-week challenge following the Week of Sleep to promote adequate rest and rejuvenation among the Deacons!

Sleep Challenge - February 15 - 29th

Sleep Challenge – February 13 – 24th


During the Sleep Challenge, participants will be challenged to get a full night’s sleep (between 7-9 hours) for two weeks. Using a variety of sleep hygiene tips, participants will alter their current sleep patterns to increase their mental acuity and overall emotional and physical wellbeing.

Become one of our Sleepin’ Deacons and take on the Sleep Challenge! Join the 2-week long Sleep Challenge and receive in-depth information and tips for better sleep! At the end of the Sleep Challenge, Sleepin’ Deacons will receive a WF blanket. 

Challenge Requirements:

  • Participants must be able to attend the 1 hour Sleepin’ Deacon Challenge Orientation on February 10th, @ 12pm (Location: TBA)
  • Promote their sleep activities during the 2-week Sleep Challenge through photos, videos, and posts to the Wake Forest community using #wfusleepindeacon and tag @wfuthrive through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
    • At least 10 post throughout the 2-week challenge
  • Log sleep habits on our daily Sleepin’ Deacon Journal
  • Submit a blog to to be placed on Thrive website by the end of the challenge to reflect their experience
  • Be publicized throughout WFU news and media (social media, websites, newspaper)
  • Commit to 7 out of the 10 sleep challenges throughout the challenge:
    • Exercise at least 30 minutes each day (no aerobic exercise within 3 hours of bedtime)
    • Schedule sleep into your calendar
    • No use of electronics 1 hour before bed
    • Charge electronics away from your bed
    • Avoid large meals before bedtime
    • Try a soothing ritual before bed (i.e. reading or meditating or stretching)
    • Make the bed comfortable and only use it for sleep, the bedroom should be a stress-free and relaxing environment separate from one’s workspace.
    • Make the room dark and quiet 
    • Go to bed around the same time every day (even on weekends).
    • Wake up around the same time every day (even on weekends).