Spectrum Life is our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which is a confidential, neutral service provided by an external company to support colleagues at the University, including free counselling.
Read stories shared by your colleagues about their experience of sleep here.
Many of us struggle to have a good night's sleep every night so if this is you don't feel alone.
In the last Colleague Health and Wellbeing survey 93% of colleagues told us they either frequently or sometimes have problems sleeping.
If you or someone you know is experiencing poor sleep, please refer to the support options below.
- Spectrum Life is our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which is a confidential, neutral service provided by an external company to support colleagues at the University.
- If you are experiencing anxiety or depression it can help to talk to your manager who can refer you to Occupational Health for support. Alternatively, you can make a self-referral direct to the Occupational Health Team.
- Free internal mindfulness sessions are available for colleagues.
Other University resources
- Taking good care of ourselves can really help us to stay mentally well. Take a look at the ‘Self-care and staying well’ section for resources and advice.
- Mindfulness practice audio recordings
- A study co-authored by Dr David Plans, from the Business School, shows going to sleep between 10 and 11pm is linked to lowered risk of heart disease, featured in many places this week including Washington Post, FOX News, The Guardian and ITV.com.
- Body Clock article (from the College of Medicine and Health)
- The University of Exeter library has an in-person and online wellbeing section you can access.
- Short Stories for Stressed Grown-Ups is a podcast series by Devon-based writer Neil Bebber. The series is part bedtime story, part meditation and has been created specifically to help people relax and get a good night's sleep.
- Free sleep apps available can be found here.
- NHS sleep advice
- A 'Sleep self-help guide' has been created by DPT NHS.
- TALKWORKS For Improving Sleep workshop is a free CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) session open to anyone over 18 who is living in Devon (with the exception of Plymouth).
- The Access to Work Mental Health Support - a confidential service delivered by Remploy funded by the Department of Works and Pensions is available at no charge to any employees with depression, anxiety, stress or other mental health issues affecting their work.
- NHS Talking Therapies (previously called IAPT)- an NHS support you can refer yourself directly to for talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), counselling, other therapies and guided self-help.
- You could also try setting a bedtime schedule notification on your phone.
Here are some useful infographics from an organisation called BelievePerform we suscribe to. Once you click on any of the below you can then scroll through all of the images. You can then download these (by right clicking -> 'Save images as'). You can then zoom in for greater clarity.