Engagement activities

Enlighten your clock: how your body tells time” – Launch event and expert talk, 21st October 2021

The Daylight Academy hosted a launch event and expert talk on Thursday, 21st October, during which special guest Professor Danny Smith shared his views about sleep, light and mental health in teenagers. The webinar was illustrated live by the comic book’s author and illustrator, Coline Weinzaepflen, and moderated by the editor, Manuel Spitschan. The book is currently being translated into 21 languages.

SCRAMS mini-conference 26th October 2020

The SCRAMS consortium aims to develop UK research capacity for investigating how sleep and circadian function impacts on mental health outcomes for adolescents, using the schools setting as a basis for recruitment and future intervention. We hosted a SCRAMS mini conference on Monday 26th October 2020, 11am to 2.30pm.

Sleep and mental health

Professor Daniel Smith, Professor of Psychiatry and Principal Investigator of SCRAMS

FamilySleeps: Autism, Sleep Disruption & Circadian Rhythms – a family affair

Dr Lorna Lopez, Lecturer and Assistant Professor, Maynooth University Disentangling the complex relationship between sleep and mood disorders

Disentangling the complex relationship between sleep and mood disorders

Dr Katie Lewis, Research Fellow, MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, Cardiff University

The SCRAMS feasibility studies

Dr Cara Wilson, Research Associate, Mental Health and Wellbeing, School of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow

Pubertal trajectory and changes in sleep patterns

Dr Sabine Pompeia, Department of Psychobiology, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Adolescents’ sleep/wake patterns and school schedules: towards flexibility

Professor Fernando Louzada, Department of Physiology, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

Sleep activities in schools

We are developing innovative ways to capture young peoples’ subjective experiences and attitudes about sleep through a series of engaging activities in a number of schools within the SHINE network.

In collaboration with the charity Sleep Scotlandwe are delivering a ‘Sleep in Schools’ week, akin to a mini science festival programme tailored for the needs of participating schools and adapted for the Covid-19 situation. We are delighted that two SHINE schools, Blairgowrie High School and Craigmount High School have helped develop this virtual sleep awareness week and ran it with all their pupils from 8th to 12thJune 2020. Details of the activities, that have been co-produced with pupils and schools, include:

  • Making use of Sleep Scotland ‘Sound Sleep’ resources (e.g. Sleep quiz, Sleep behaviours questionnaire, Sleep habits questionnaire, Are you a lark, an owl, or neither? Checklist for sleepy teenagers) within PSE lessons plus school-wide exercises that will see pupils reflecting on their sleep/activity levels and how these relate to mental wellbeing and then sharing these thoughts with their peers/parents/teachers.
  • Brief ‘meet the sleep scientist’ videos to be hosted on the SCRAMS website (see below!) and made available to pupils and teachers during the week
  • Sleep Vlogs by Sleep Champions.

Huge thanks to all the pupils and teachers @BlairgowrieHS and @CraigmountHS and @SleepScotland who delivered an outstanding ‘Sleep in Schools’ Week. Take a look at the Sleep champions and staff discussing all of the learning and resources from Sleep Week 2020 and some of the top sleep tips.

Later we plan to launch a brief survey to measure young people’s knowledge and perceptions about sleep and sleep research in a more conventional way to cross-validate data from the activities above.

There will be more opportunities for schools to get involved in future engagement activities and our feasibility research studies from Autumn 2020. If your school is interested in being involved please contact us.

Meet the scientists

Daniel Smith, MHW, SHW, University of Glasgow – Sleep and mental illness

Sharon Simpson, SPHSU, SHW, University of Glasgow – Sleep and screentime

Alice Gregory,  Goldsmiths, University of London – Sleep in adolescence

Heather Cleland Woods, School of Psychology, University of Glasgow – Young people’s social media use and sleep, Heather’s key points

Holly Scott, School of Psychology, University of Glasgow – Sleep and social media use, Holly’s top tips

Stella Chan, School of Psychology, University of Edinburgh – Sleep – is it psychology or biology?

Linda Geddes, Public Health Implications of the New Science of Sunlight

Linda Geddes is an award-winning British science journalist. Her most recent book “Chasing the Sun: The New Science of Sunlight and How it Shapes Our Bodies and Minds” explores the significance of sunlight, from ancient solstice celebrations to modern sleep labs, and the impact on public health of light-polluted cities and excessive exposure to bright lights from devices. Below shows selections from her Maurice Bloch Seminar on the 29 April 2020 at the School of Health & Wellbeing, University of Glasgow on how public health can address exposure to light as an intervention to improve population health and wellbeing.

School start times, sleep and light

Circadian rhythms, larks and owls

Circadian rhythms, recovery from stress and illness

History of light

Need for light

Summary of the importance of light and outdoors