enough sleep, we all become tall two-year-olds”- (Jenson, 2002)
Why should organisations pay more attention to
Evidence shows that
sleeplessness is important to health and safety and has a detrimental effect on
In order for people to make
the necessary sleep-improvement lifestyle changes, they need education and
Individuals suffering from
sleeplessness need to feel that they can talk about their difficulty with sleep
and be taken seriously.
Knowing how harmful and debilitating it can be not
to sleep, we have created The Sleep
Improvement Workshop to help people improve their sleep.
During this one hour workshop, we give sleep
improvement advice in a way that resonates with people, free of psychobabble so
it makes a real difference to those attending the workshop.
The Sleep Improvement
This tailored workshop is designed to improve
understanding of why sleeplessness occurs and to highlight simple but effective
methods for moving towards better sleep. It is delivered by experts who
understand the problem of sleeplessness.
About the workshop:
The theoretical basis for the workshop is mindfulness-based cognitive
therapy together with acceptance and commitment therapy.
We focus on the importance of good sleep hygiene and tips such as
keeping to a routine, keeping the bedroom clutter-free and screen-free.
We provide techniques for relaxation and how to ‘let go’ fully.
- We raise awareness of
the art of winding down in a 24/7 culture (decreasing hyper-arousal).
The workshop demonstrates that individual’s difficulty with sleep is
taken seriously and that support is available for them .
Delegates are provided with printed resources and also the option to
talk to the workshop presenter if they have any questions that they would like
Further one-to-one sessions can be provided for those requiring more
Who is most likely to experience sleep problems?
- People who are experiencing
psychosocial problems (e.g. work stress, relationship stress),
- People who frequently
experience changes in their daily rhythms (e.g. business travellers dealing
with jet lag and changing sleeping environments.
- People using
stimulants like caffeine, or nicotine
- People that have
medical conditions that can cause pain, or are taking medications whose
side effects may cause insomnia (e.g. cold and asthma medications).
- Pregnant women.
- People who sleep with a
disruptive bed partner (e.g. those who snore or have periodic leg
movements) (Klink et al, 1992).
We are offering sleep
services for employees in the workplace as part of the ‘Elephant in the Room’ approach
to wellbeing. Past feedback from our sleep improvement
workshop has highlighted that employees have found the workshop beneficial, reassuring
and informative and enjoyed having the opportunity to talk to someone with an
in depth knowledge of sleep after the workshop.
The Presenter - Amy
Amy McClelland MSc, BSc, BAHyp. is a
Coaching Psychologist who specialises in Individual and Organisational
She completed her BSc in Psychology at
the School Of Psychology,Cardiff University, and went on to complete an MSc. in
Psychology within the same university; subsequently Amy was elected Chair of
the Post Graduate Occupational Psychology
Committee with the BPS whilst working at
the Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership Cardiff. She completed her training in
Hypnotherapy with the British Academy of Hypnosis in 2007.
Amy’s main areas of interest include
Coaching for Sleep and Pain Management. In her evidence-based interventions,
she uses CBT, Hypnosis, Positive Psychology, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment
Therapy) and MBCT (Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy). It gives her great
pleasure to help people with sleep problems (such as insomnia, sleep
anxiety and sleepwalking), watching them move on and learn how to sleep
In addition to
working with large organizations (her clients have included Westinghouse, JTI
International, Renault, Ford and Revlon) Amy has worked extensively on a
one-to-one basis. Being supportive, caring and structured are central
facets of Amy’s personal coaching style and she will be bringing these
qualities to the Cardiff Sleep Clinic.
Amy had an unusual and exciting
childhood, spending her early years living and being educated
on a sailing boat with her family. This period of voyaging,
throughout the Mediterranean, was followed by an education in France. Expect to hear Amy making references to how we
can learn from other cultures when it comes to health and wellbeing.
UK Sleeplessness statistics.
- Women are three times more likely than men
to suffer-75% of women report sleep problems, compared with 25% of men
of people who report disturbed sleep said that they were less productive
at work (Espie, 2012).
- According to the Guardian, a freedom of
information request revealed health trusts spent £49.2 million on the
drugs in 2010-11, up from £42m three years previously-an increase of more
than 17% *2
Sleep and Performance
“Insomnia is significantly
associated with poorer physical and mental quality of life, work productivity
and activity impairment” (Baran et al, 2009).
In a self-report study with
a sample of 19, 711 adults, findings suggested that those diagnosed with
insomnia had significantly lower physical and mental scores and greater
activity impairment scores than subjects in the non-insomnia group. Employed
subjects in the non-insomnia group had greater absenteeism, presenteeism and
work-productivity loss than those in the non-insomnia groups (Baran et
Sleep and Health and Safety.
In a US national
cross-sectional survey of commercially insured health plan members selected
from more than 34 million HealthCore Integrated Research Database, it was
concluded that the average costs of insomnia-related accidents and errors ($32
062) were significantly higher than those of other accidents and errors ($21
914). Simulations estimated that insomnia was associated with 7.2% of all
costly workplace accidents and errors and 23.7% of all the costs of these
incidents (Coulouvrat et al, 2012).
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J., Kannan, H. The Associaition of
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