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New sleep service aims to support major trauma recovery

People whose sleep has been affected by major trauma are to be supported with their recovery by a new service at Nottingham Trent University.

Professor John Groeger talks about how Sleep Well Science will help people recovering from life-changing injuries

Sleep Well Science works with patients who have suffered severe injuries and are having difficulty sleeping due to issues such as pain, fatigue, anxiety, medications, or post-injury limitations.

The service focuses on the science of sleep and offers comprehensive analysis through at-home assessments including sleep history, actigraphy, daily diaries, identification of circadian rhythm disorders, brain activity and heart rate monitoring, and hormone testing.

Sleep Well Science is led by researcher and sleep expert John Groeger, Professor of Psychology at NTU’s School of Social Sciences. He said: “Poor sleep can delay rehabilitation, which is why it’s so important to understand what has happened to a person’s sleep after major injury, and how to improve it to aid recovery.

“To do this we must consider everyone as an individual, and our assessments consider the whole of their lifestyle – before and after injury – as well as the structure of their sleep and their physiology across the day and night, including core body temperature and respiration, the hormones they secrete, and the points in the day when they experience pain or fatigue.”

Clients, who will be referred to the service by case management teams, will be provided with personalised sleep improvement strategies and Sleep Well Science will work with their rehabilitation team to ensure that adjustments are effective and become an integral part of the rehabilitation process.

For further information on Sleep Well Science visit the website.

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    About Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2021 for cultural heritage science research. It is the second time that NTU has been bestowed the honour of receiving a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its research, the first being in 2015 for leading-edge research on the safety and security of global citizens.

    The Research Excellence Framework (2021) classed 83% of NTU’s research activity as either world-leading or internationally excellent. 86% of NTU’s research impact was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent.

    NTU was awarded The Times and The Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2023 and ranked second best university in the UK in the Uni Compare Top 100 rankings (2021/2022). It was awarded Outstanding Support for Students 2020 (Times Higher Education Awards), University of the Year 2019 (Guardian University Awards, UK Social Mobility Awards), Modern University of the Year 2018 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide) and University of the Year 2017 (Times Higher Education Awards).

    NTU is the 5th largest UK institution by student numbers, with nearly 39,000 students and more than 4,400 staff located across five campuses. It has an international student population of 7,000 and an NTU community representing over 160 countries.

    Since 2000, NTU has invested £570 million in tools, technology, buildings and facilities.

    NTU is in the UK’s top 10 for number of applications and ranked first for accepted offers (2021 UCAS UG acceptance data). It is also among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and was the first UK university to sign the Social Mobility Pledge.

    NTU is ranked the second most sustainable university in the world in the 2022 UI Green Metric University World Rankings (out of more than 900 participating universities).

New sleep service aims to support major trauma recovery

Published on 17 March 2023
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