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I don’t know about you, but in the last couple of weeks, I have felt profound disappointment in the behaviour of adults. Adults (who should know better) have modelled ghastly disrespect for rules, highly questionable moral values, poor digital hygiene and have demonstrated behaviour that had me squirming in disgust.
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Researcher of the Month
Dr Serena Bauducco, Post-doctoral researcher in the department of psychology at Örebro University in Sweden
Örebro University, Sweden
Dr Bauducco’s research focuses on the factors that may exacerbate or improve adolescents’ sleep, the relationship between sleep and mental health, and the potential of school-based interventions to improve teenagers’ sleep health.
Today’s teenagers are generally sleeping less and less and this can be extremely detrimental to their physical and mental wellbeing. A recent article by Dr Serena Bauducco presents the results of a new sleep curriculum trialed with 3622 12-14 year olds in Swedish secondary schools. The programme focused on sleep education, time management skills and strategies to regulate the potential impact of using technology at night. The results showed that sleep duration increased after completing the sleep curriculum, whilst it decreased in pupils who had not taken part. The paper suggests that universal sleep interventions in schools could be effective in improving the quality and quantity of teenagers’ sleep.
The programme included two main components. The first was sleep education; teaching about the importance of sleep and good sleep practices, including caffeine consumption, bedtime routines, technology and social jet lag. The second focused on improving time management strategies, such as planning or timing activities and setting reminders, to help reduce stress and better prioritise both daytime and evening activities. It aimed to help teens take control of their technology use by discussing both its positives and negatives, and the possibility of agreeing on family rules around digital use. Teens had five sessions, which were scheduled as part of the school curriculum and included homework, which involved parents.
At a one year follow up, the teens who participated in the programme were about two times less likely to be categorised as ‘borderline’ or ‘insufficient’ sleepers and had significantly increased sleep knowledge. No improvements were observed for sleep hygiene, perceived stress or technology use.
Implications for schools – Unlike some previous school-based sleep interventions, the findings are promising in terms of the potential benefits of universal school-based programmes. Teenagers report that school stress is a large contributing factor to poor sleep and data supports this. Schools can help by providing young people with time management tips and developing strategies for completing homework and having a balanced life.
Implications for parents – Research shows that parents’ rules around bedtime and sleep are one of the most powerful protective factors for children’s sleep, even into the teenage years. Parents should seek to keep regular bedtime routines and rules into adolescence to help teens to sleep enough. Teens want help! The teens involved in the project reported that their parents were not always aware of their bedtime technology use and felt that discussion and rules around this would benefit their sleep quality.
Our Clinical Partners
We take pride in working in close collaboration with some outstanding clinical professionals who are leaders in their fields. We only signpost parents and carers to those that share our commitment to evidence-based approaches.
Mrs Pauline Riley-Hunte
Consultant Chartered Clinical and Child Psychologist.
Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society (BPS), a ‘Registered Psychologist’ with the UK Health Care Professions Council ( HCPC) and a certified member of the Allied Paramedical Board, Barbados.
Mr Will Napier
Chartered Counselling Psychologist (C Psychol)
Chartered Counselling Psychologist (C Psychol), Post-Masters Certificate in Counselling Psychology (PGCert Couns Psych), Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology (MSc, Couns. Psych), Cognitive Science (First Class) (BSc Hons) and Theology MA (First Class, Oxford University)
Tooled Up News
Our Researcher of the Month, Professor Helen Dodd, has recently launched a new campaign called #SummerOfPlay, which Tooled Up Education is pleased to support. The Summer of Play campaign, coordinated by Playfirst UK, Save the Children, Play England, Play Scotland, Play Wales, Playboard Northern Ireland, and others, is appealing for a major national effort to get children playing this summer, in order to bolster wellbeing and reduce the risk of any long-term impact on children’s development as a result of recent lockdowns.
At Tooled Up Towers, we have what Carole Dweck would call a ‘growth mindset’; we aren’t afraid to learn, grow and persevere. That is why we reach out and seek as much collaboration as possible with like-minded individuals or organisations who, like us, are absolutely passionate about improving children’s life outcomes.
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