We have teamed up with the Sleep Scientist – Dr Sophie Bostock, to launch the first in a series of ‘Better Sleep’ webinars aimed at supporting police officers, staff and volunteers with fatigue and sleep problems.

Chief Constable Andy Rhodes, Service Director for Oscar Kilo said, “The results from our first ever national police wellbeing survey in 2019, told us very clearly that fatigue is a big issue within policing.

“In fact, the survey identified that 45% of police officers and 30% of police staff reported sleeping less than six hours per night very often or all of the time and that people working shifts experience poor sleep quality more frequently with 27% of police officers and 25% of police staff reporting disturbed sleep.

“We do a tough job, and working for the police – especially if you are a shift worker – means that your sleep patterns are vulnerable to all sorts of challenges. This is why we’ve launched these webinars to help you to learn and practice strategies to improve the quality of your rest, no matter how much, or how little, you get.

“We are very excited to be working with Dr Bostock, who is one of the UK’s leading sleep experts and we hope as many people as possible can benefit from her wealth of knowledge in this specialist area.”

The webinars are open to anyone working in policing including Police Officers, Police Staff, Volunteers and PCSOs and have already been piloted in Surrey and Sussex Police with 85% of the 100 officers and staff who took part being able to use what they had learned to take action and improve their sleep habits.

Here’s some of the feedback from officers and staff who took part in the Surrey and Sussex pilot:

“Just thinking and understanding about sleep has given me a more positive way of dealing with the ‘not sleeping’ part of it! I’ve now got several tools that I can use that I can work into my daily routine. … As you say my sleep habit has formed over years, I don’t expect it to change overnight! I found it really interesting and varied.” Force Research Bureau Operator, a member of police staff working a 24/7 shift.

“The Sleep Project has been amazing, interesting and a tremendous insight into ‘The Sleep Process’. Sophie has such a refreshing approach and is so engaging.” Detective Constable, Major Crime Team.

“I really like the emails with little tips and links. I’ve found so many things useful that have helped me get more restful sleep. I have been sleeping well, and I am even managing to get some sleep when I’m on call, which has been a problem for the last ten years. So thank you for that” Senior Crime Scene Investigator.

Dr Sophie Bostock said, “Sleep underpins not only your physical health, but your cognitive performance, emotional resilience and wellbeing so these sessions are about much more than just how much sleep you get.

“Each webinar will give you actionable tips to help you take control of your sleep, to improve your mood and energy levels. We’ll share exercises and reminders to help you apply the strategies covered in each webinar, to help you adjust your sleep habits. 

“We’ll also look at the latest research in sleep science to uncover what works, for whom, and why and how you can use this to improve your own sleep and feel better.”

Each webinar will be 45 minutes long and the format will be an interactive 30 minute presentation with a 15 min live Q&A. 

You can chose to attend any that feel relevant for you and can sign up to as many or as few as you like.

All the webinars are hosted on GoToWebinar. If you are using a force computer we recommend you log on around 15 minutes early to ensure you have no IT issues. If you are unable to access the website, in this instance we recommend using a personal or none networked device.

When are the webinars and what will they cover?

Dr Sophie Bostock giving an overview on the Better Sleep webinars

Session 1. Banish the Winter Blues

Our first session, ‘Banish the Winter Blues’, takes place on Thursday 26 November at 11am. This webinar is for anyone interested in improving their natural energy levels during the day, especially during the long dark winter months, and especially in the context of the current national lockdown. 

THIS WEBINAR HAS NOW TAKEN PLACE. If you missed the session or would like to recap here is the workbook which accompanies the webinar.

Session 2. Sleep Strategies for Shift Workers

Our second session ‘Sleep Strategies for Shift Workers’ will be on Monday 14 December 2020 at 4pm. This webinar is targeted towards those working nights, and will explain the science of how to adjust your body clock to optimise your recovery as a shift worker.

THIS WEBINAR HAS NOW TAKEN PLACE. If you missed the session or would like to recap here is the workbook which accompanies the webinar.

Session 3. Solving Stubborn Sleep Problems

The third webinar in our series ‘Solving Stubborn Sleep Problems’ takes place on Thursday 7 January 2021 at 11am. In this session, we’ll be digging a little deeper into how longer term sleep problems develop, and the most effective evidence-based strategies to get your sleep patterns back on track.

THIS WEBINAR HAS NOW TAKEN PLACE. If you missed the session or would like to recap here is the workbook which accompanies the webinar.

Session 4. Nightmares, Snoring, Sleep walking and other challenges

The fourth webinar in our series ‘Nightmares, Snoring, Sleep walking and other challenges’ takes place on Thursday 4 February 2021 at 11am.

Session 5. Sleepless Parents’ Survival Guide

The fifth webinar in our series ‘Sleepless Parents’ Survival Guide’ takes place on Thursday 4 March at 11am.

After registering for one of the webinars, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining.