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NHS support for the sleep deprived

We are launching a new service on world sleep day (Friday 18 March) to help sleep deprived parents and children and young people who are struggling to get a good night’s kip.
We have teamed up with sleep experts Hunrosa, which means ‘to sleep’ in Cornish, to create a series of top tips and guides to help people get a good night’s sleep.

Hunrosa has created a series of cards containing advice and behavioural sleep strategies for parents, young people and young adults to ensure everyone gets a good night’s sleep. There’s advice for professionals and schools too.

Sleep consultant Janice Jenner said: “Everyone needs a good night’s sleep. It’s essential for children’s development, mental health and learning. There is also an impact on the health and wellbeing of parents and carers who are trying to support their loved ones to get to sleep. A lack of sleep is linked to feelings of anxiety, low mood and self-harm. Many young people with depression report a problem with sleep.

“We have created a series of 17 advice cards to help young people, parents and those who support them on their sleep journey from the importance of establishing sleep practices in young children, creating the ideal scenario for sleep, and supporting teenagers who cannot get to sleep.”

The cards are also available to teachers who may want to support pupils who are tired at school and falling behind on their studies or even missing school.

Janice added: “Sleep is important for learning. If you are studying then try a sleep or study sandwich: get restful sleep the night before study, study during the day and then getting another night’s sleep will help you better remember the facts and ideas you are trying to learn.

“Whilst most sleep problems sort themselves out, most of the remainder can be successfully resolved too. Our cards are for everyone. I would encourage anyone who is either struggling with their sleep, or caring for someone who is, to read our cards, or contact one of our sleep specialists for help.”

NHS Kernow’s chief accountable officer Kate Shields said: “Many parents know the impact that a lack of sleep can have on both their child, and also their own mental and physical health. We want to support families, professionals and teachers to help children and young people get the sleep they need. Sleep is so important to their physical development and emotional health and wellbeing.

“We are pleased to work with Cornish sleep experts Hunrosa to produce a new pack of sleep advice cards. The cards give practical tips on how to embed sleep strategies into people’s lives. We hope they will give people the support they need.”

The cards can be downloaded from the Hunrosa website. Posters and sleep packs will be available for schools, colleges and GP surgeries within the next couple of weeks.

Added on 17 March 2022, in News - Children and young people

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