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Sweet dreams are made of this... The success of a Sleep Hygiene Education (SHE) intervention to NHS Health Care Professionals during COVID-19

Turner, Kevin; Bath, Julian

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Abstract

Purpose:
During the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic Health Care Professionals (HCP’s) have reported experiencing poor sleep as a result of insomnia and burn out. With lack of sleep negatively impacting health and increasing the risks for morbidity and early mortality, a Sleep Hygiene Education (SHE) Intervention was developed to improve experiences of sleep quality and further promote health and wellbeing to a team of NHS health advisers.

Background:
Behavioural and cognitive mechanisms are evidenced to impact on sleep quality and were used as a basis for the development of a Sleep Hygiene Education intervention (SHE) that identified and responded to the individual personal and environmental factors affecting sleep quality. The inclusion of information around goal setting and self-monitoring within the SHE aimed to support and facilitate changes to sleep behaviour, providing an alternative to pharmacological treatments which do not provide a long-term solution to experiences of insomnia.

Methods:
The Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) assessed sleep quality amongst HCP’S prior to participating in an isolated 90-minute SHE group intervention (n=3) inclusive of psycho-education, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), relaxation therapy and behaviour change techniques. The delivered intervention was evaluated using the Client Satisfaction Questionnaire (CSQ-8), Likert scales and open-ended questions.

Outcomes or impact:
The delivery of a standalone SHE intervention to a small group of HCP’s was well received by attendees and adequately met their needs. A stepped care model characterised by the delivery of low-level interventions through web-based or smart phone interfacing are considered useful in achieving further reach and access within future intervention delivery and development.

Citation

Turner, K., & Bath, J. (2022, June). Sweet dreams are made of this... The success of a Sleep Hygiene Education (SHE) intervention to NHS Health Care Professionals during COVID-19. Poster presented at Division of Health Psychology (DHP) 2022 Annual Conference, Bristol, UK

Presentation Conference Type Poster
Conference Name Division of Health Psychology (DHP) 2022 Annual Conference
Conference Location Bristol, UK
Start Date Jun 28, 2022
End Date Jun 29, 2022
Deposit Date Jun 28, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jul 1, 2024
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/12087940

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