Understanding and Self-Help For Insomnia. What is poor quality of sleep, and what is insomnia? Why should we be concerned? What can we do about it?
60% OF University students suffer from poor quality of sleep (Schlarb et al (2011) and 9.4-38.2% (Haile et al 2017) meet all the required criteria of an insomnia disorder. Poor sleep quality have a significant impact on a students daily life. Since the onset of the current pandemic sleep issues have only become a larger problem, in University workers pre COVID-19 the prevalence of insomnia was observed to be 24% this has increased since COVID-19 to 40%, issues include a delay in going to bed, early morning waking and general poor sleep quality.
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder and can lead to physical and mental exhaustion resulting in poor quality of life. Given the potential negative impact on a persons quality of life it is important we look at the reasons for poor sleep quality and strategies which can be employed to improve our overall sleep quality and what further steps which can be taken if self helps strategies are ineffective (Manber et al, 2011).
This lecture and discussion is open to all those interested in understanding sleep and in practical strategies we can all use to improve sleep outcomes.
This talk will be provided by Colin Hughes a Mental Health Nurse, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Lecturer at Queens University School of Nursing and Midwifery. I Have an interest in Anxiety, Depression, Personality Disorders, Self-Harm and Sleep problems. Currently I am a sitting board member of the BABCP and the IABCP.