The #Sleepyteens Project – Information for partner schools
In June this year, Policy Hub organised a half-day training conference on sleep and why it is particularly important to teenagers, ‘Why Sleep matters – educating young people on the importance of sleep’.
Our partners at the University of Glasgow, spoke at the event showcasing a research project they are conducting with teenagers on sleep – #Sleepyteens. Here, the Project Researcher – Holly Scott – outlines more details on the project and how schools can become involved…
The #sleepyteens research project is based in the School of Psychology at the University of Glasgow. The project explores adolescent social media use, sleep and wellbeing. We work closely with research partners, including partner schools, to understand how we can better support young people.
Our current research
Evidence shows that getting enough good quality sleep is crucial for pupils’ wellbeing and attainment.
Our research in schools has shown that some young people can find it difficult to disconnect from social media at night, despite feeling that they don’t get enough sleep and are tired at school. In focus groups, pupils have told us that they are concerned about feeling left out from peers the next day if they miss online interactions, or are worried about offending friends by ending conversations to sleep.
Based on what young people have told us, we are now developing a new validated self-report measure for researchers and practitioners: the iNODindex of Nighttime Offline Distress. This measures the level of difficulty that different individuals experience when disengaging from social media to sleep.
Benefits for partner schools
The project is offered at no cost to partner schools, as the schools involved and their pupils are making a valuable contribution to our current research and understanding of adolescent sleep.
Once information relating to the project has been distributed to parents, pupils will be asked to complete a short online survey and each partner school will receive a tailored summary of key insights from their data. For example:
- What proportion of pupils get enough sleep, according to National Sleep Foundation guidelines for their age group?
- How much do pupils use social media: 1) each day; 2) in bed; 3) after the time they feel they should be asleep?
- What are their top-rated concerns about disconnecting?
These insights can help:
- Inform school policies and support provision
- Support evidence-based lessons across the curriculum where pupils can engage with results from their own data and discuss issues
- Open a dialogue between parents, staff and young people around social media, sleep, wellbeing and attainment
For more details on the project, please download our information pack…
If you have any queries or would like to discuss how your school could become involved in the project, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to answer any questions and share tips from existing partner schools!