NSR launches online treatment study for people experiencing poor sleep during COVID-19 pandemic

nsr launches online treatment study for people experiencing poor sleep during covid 19 pandemic

Sumary of NSR launches online treatment study for people experiencing poor sleep during COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Nov 20 2020 Those experiencing poor sleep during the COVID-19 pandemic are being invited to take part in an online treatment study run by sleep experts at Northumbria University..
  • Academics are seeking those who have had a problem sleeping recently as well as ‘good sleepers’ to take part in the study It is widely acknowledged that sleeping well is vital for physical and mental health and wellbeing, yet research shows that stressful life events can cause a short-term disruption to sleep..
  • Such disruption can lead people to compensate, for example by spending too long in bed, or becoming preoccupied with the daytime consequences of this poor or disturbed sleep..
  • A recent review of COVID-19 sleep research studies, which encompassed over 50,000 people from 13 countries, indicates that around 40% of people have experienced sleep problems caused by COVID-19..
  • However, psychologists from Northumbria Sleep Research (NSR) believe that by intervening early, short-term sleep disruption can be stopped..
  • To investigate this, NSR have launched a study which uses an online treatment, in the form of sleep education, to try and treat short-term sleep problems in people who have recently reported having poor sleep, particularly as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic..
  • This involves participants being provided with information which suggests ways in which they can change their behavior to avoid poor sleep from becoming a longer-term problem..
  • Sleep experts at Northumbria have previously used a similar method with people who have long-term sleep problems (insomnia) and it has proven to be effective..
  • Now, academics are exploring if this form of education treatment is effective in the short-term – one week after receiving the information, and longer-term – one and three months later….

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