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
CATH SINCLAIR, Depute Headteacher, Shawlands 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.


Registration and morning refreshments

Welcome and Introduction

Session One – Adolescent sleep in a 24/7 connected world: concerns, latest evidence and ongoing research

Overview of #sleepyteens project

  • Building a national profile of current adolescent social media use and sleep
  • Adding the adolescent voice on balancing online interactions and sleep
  • Providing a new validated questionnaire tool to support evidence-informed practice

Dr Heather Cleland Woods, Lecturer – School of Psychology, University of Glasgow

Working in partnership with schools

  • Closing the gap between latest research findings, current practice and policy
  • Stakeholder consultation on opportunities and challenges for schools and LAs
  • Lessons learned from piloting curriculum materials on sleep and social media

Holly Scott, School of Psychology, University of Glasgow

Opportunities for Questions and Discussion

Tea and coffee break, opportunities for networking

Session Two – Implementing #sleepyteens in school and moving the discussion forward

Case study – Collaborating on the research project

  • Opportunities and challenges for implementing this in school
  • Pupil perspective on participating
  • Next steps: where to now?

Cath Sinclair, Depute Head Teacher, Shawlands Academy, Glasgow

Opportunities for Questions and Discussion

Moving forward – positive and negative aspects of social media

  • Moving beyond “screentime” to better understand the “social” in social media
  • Shaping a more balanced narrative around social media’s benefits and pitfalls
  • Taking a holistic approach to exploring social media’s role in adolescent development

Dr Heather Cleland Woods, Lecturer – School of Psychology, University of Glasgow

Opportunities for Questions and Discussion

Closing Remarks

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.

Cath Sinclair, Depute Headteacher, Shawlands Academy

The early bird discount for this event ended on Friday 20 December 2019.

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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Norloch House is located at the foot of Edinburgh Castle.

By train
Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket stations are both within walking distance (approximately 10-15 minutes) as well as having taxi ranks outside.

Walking from Waverley station:
Exit the station on to Princes Street. Heading towards the Castle, walk the length of Princes Street and at the end turn left on to Lothian Road. Continue along Lothian Road for approximately 150m, turn left in to King’s Stables Road and you’ll find us 50m along on the left. We are the first building you come to, set back from the road behind the black railings – you can’t miss us!

Walking from Haymarket station:
Exit the station and turn right on to Haymarket Terrace. Keeping to the righthand side of the road, continue walking along Atholl Place, past the West End tram stop at Coates Crescent and then along Shandwick Place (approximately 950m). At the junction of Princes Street and Lothian Road, turn right on to Lothian Road down the side of the Caledonian Hotel and continue for approximately 150m. At the first set of traffic lights cross the road on to King’s Stables Road and you’ll find us 50m along on the left. We are the first building you come to, set back from the road behind the black railings – you can’t miss us!

By car
If you’re coming by car the NCP Castle Terrace Car Park (EH1 2EW) is located opposite Norloch House. There are also a limited number of on-street pay-and-display spaces on King’s Stables Road itself.