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How to protect your sleep during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the lives of many throughout the UK, most people are unable to go to work, some have seen their hours cut, some have had their job prospects changed, and for the general population their normal routine is upset, which means their sleeping pattern may be compromised too.

Researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick, have put together a poster with tips to protect your sleep for students, however it can also apply to the general population in a time when their mental health and sleep may be suffering.

The poster, states:

· Insomnia is a normal reaction to stress

· Keep calm and don’t bring your worries to bed

· Keep a regular sleep and work routine

· Keep moving and looking out for the sun

The sleep advice poster

Dr Nicole Tang, from the Department of Psychology comments:

“My colleagues and I were motivated to put together a simple poster to share some tried and tested strategies for protecting sleep during stress at this exceptional time.

“In the midst of a major battle, it’s hard to think of sleep as a priority, but it is true! Tired soldiers make mistakes. Tired doctors, nurses and healthcare workers don’t function optimally and get sick.

“For students with whom we have a pastoral role, we hope the tips will help them think of sleep and give themselves permission to rest properly and stay healthy.”

ENDS

30 MARCH 2020

NOTES TO EDITORS

Poster available to view: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/communications/medialibrary/images/march2020/final-sleep__student_mental_health_covid-19_esrs_bss_-page-0.jpg

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Alice Scott
Media Relations Manager – Science
University of Warwick
Tel: +44 (0) 7920 531 221
E-mail: alice.j.scott@warwick.ac.uk

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Alice Scott
Media Relations Manager – Science
University of Warwick
Tel: +44 (0) 7920 531 221
E-mail: alice.j.scott@warwick.ac.uk