Centre for Sleep Health

Why is sleep important?

A wealth of evidence exists showing that good sleep is fundamental in maintaining physical and mental health. Getting enough good quality sleep is a vitally important component of a healthy and balanced lifestyle, similar to being physically active and eating a healthy diet.

What are the effects of poor sleep?

In particular, persistent poor sleep increases the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, anxiety and depression. It also affects our memory and ability to concentrate during the day.

What we do

We provide training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for insomnia (CBT-i). We offer CPD accredited training courses, especially tailored for professionals working in the education and healthcare sectors.

We also offer sleep workshops that focus on

  1. promoting the mental and physical health benefits of good sleep
  2. providing guidance on how to improve poor sleep

These workshops are suitable for larger groups so could be delivered within workplace, healthcare or school settings. However, they are designed to be discursive, interactive and self reflective so the groups should not be too large. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for insomnia (CBT-i)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for insomnia (CBTi) is recommended by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as the gold-standard treatment for insomnia. CBTi is a non-pharmacological approach that addresses the cognitive and behavioural factors associated with insomnia and helps the poor sleeper to overcome the experience of being unable to sleep.

CBTi works by using a combination of evidence-based components to establish healthy sleeping patterns that create a strong connection between bed and sleep. Research indicates that approximately 70% of those who have received CBTi report significant and long-lasting improvements to sleep quality and quantity.

4 in 10 of us regularly get insufficient sleep

Sleep is a Public Health issue, just as important as physical activity and diet