Half-day training seminar

#sleepyteens – adolescent social media use, sleep and wellbeing

In June 2018, we organised a conference exploring the importance of sleep and good sleep education to young people, Why Sleep Matters. Following on from that event, we developed a partnership with the #sleepyteens research project, based in the School of Psychology at the University of Glasgow.

The project explores adolescent social media use, sleep and wellbeing. Over the last year, the #sleepyteens research team has been working with a number of partner schools from across Scotland to build on our current research of adolescent sleep and to understand how we can better support young people in this area.

Developed in partnership with the #sleepyteens project, this half-day training event is open to all those involved in the delivery of mental health and wellbeing support to young people. It will explore:

  • The evidence behind social media’s relationship with mental health
  • Latest research and findings from the #sleepyteens project
  • How this data can inform school policies and Health & Wellbeing support provision
  • Using this information to support evidence-based lessons around sleep education
  • Feedback and case studies directly from #sleepyteen partner schools
  • Listening to the voice of adolescents, understanding the issues from a balanced viewpoint
  • Opportunities and challenges schools face when the issue is outside of school hours


DR HEATHER CLELAND WOODS, Lecturer – School of Psychology, University of Glasgow
HOLLY SCOTT, PhD Researcher – School of Psychology, University of Glasgow
GILLIAN STRUDWICK, Guidance Teacher, Harlaw Academy
Academic research – including the most recent published in The Lancet in August this year – shows that whilst using social media isn’t directly harming teenagers, frequent or very frequent use can have a negative impact on their mental health, with reduced sleep being a major contributory factor.

Providing young people with good sleep education is increasingly important – helping them to understand the critical role of sleep and the ‘sleep cycle’ to their wellbeing; to recognise good sleep-related behaviours; and to be able to assess and change their own sleep habits and routines accordingly.

We are currently working on the programme for this event and will update this area of the webpage soon.
If you are interested in speaking or contributing to the discussions, contact Mark on 0131 344 4611 or mbellamy@policyhubscotland.co.uk

Dr Heather Cleland Woods, Lecturer – School of Psychology, University of Glasgow
Heather graduated in 2006 with BSc (Hons) Psychology from the University of Glasgow and completed an MSc in Research Methods in Psychological Science. She completed her PhD under the supervision of Prof Stephany Biello and Prof Colin Espie in 2011. Her research was funded by the ESRC.

Heather’s research interests lie in understanding the development, maintenance and contributors to poor sleep. Her current research focuses the relationship between sleep quality, self-esteem and social media use in both adults and adolescents through the #sleepyteens project. She teaches and supervises at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels with a focus on sleep and the link between brain and behaviour.

Holly Scott, PhD Researcher – School of Psychology, University of Glasgow
Holly Scott is carrying out an ESRC-funded PhD research project on adolescent social media use, sleep and wellbeing, as part of the #sleepyteens research project at the University of Glasgow. Her particular research interest lies in exploring factors that can make it difficult for young people to disengage from social media at night, despite reporting an impact on sleep. She is currently working with partner schools to support evidence-based policy and practice on adolescent social media use and wellbeing.

Gillian Strudwick, Guidance Teacher, Harlaw Academy

An early bird discount is available for this event. Enjoy 20% off the cost of your tickets if you complete your booking by Friday 11 October 2019.
To take advantage of this offer, just enter the discount code EBD20 on the booking form.

A group booking discount is available for this event. Book two delegates and get a third place at half-price. To take advantage of this offer, just enter the discount code GROUP3 on the booking form.


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