Skip to main content
Contact us

If you can't find what you're looking for here or in our Index, or have any questions please email us.

Do also let us know if you have any feedback on these web pages (as we are constantly updating them).

The Occupational Health team can also help you with expert confidential advice and support.

If you are unsure which team to contact feel free to email either Colleague Wellbeing or Occupational Health as we work closely together and will ensure you receive the support you need.

Sleep

Many of us struggle to have a good night's sleep every night so if this is you don't feel alone. 

In our last Colleague Health and Wellbeing survey, 45% of colleagues told us that they frequently have problems sleeping and 48% said they sometimes have trouble sleeping. See below for some support resources to help you have better sleep.

Support available for sleep problems:

Spectrum Life

  • 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. 

Occupational Health

Mindfulness

  • Mindfulness sessions available at The University of Exeter
  • What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is a simple and powerful practice of training our attention. It involves learning to pay attention to what is happening in the ‘here and now’ (i.e. sensations, thoughts, and emotions) in a non-judgemental way. It can be helpful because it can interrupt the habit of getting lost in thoughts, mostly about the future or past, which often generates more stress on top of the real pressures of everyday life. Mindfulness offers not only a way of reducing stress and preventing low mood, it also holds potential to improve the way we live, helping us to thrive and be resilient at work and in our broader lives.

Sleepio

  • Sleep support offerings have been explored and we decided to trial Sleepio (a fully-automated, evidence based, digital CBT programme for Insomnia, provided by Big Health). The programme is evidenced to tackle thoughts and behaviours that contribute to poor sleep and was founded by Professor Colin Espie (sleep medicine specialist at the University of Oxford). On 27th September 2021 the pilot began with 40 colleagues signing up to trial the tool for six weeks. We asked colleagues to complete a survey which allowed us to score their wellbeing levels and sleep quality. This survey will then be re-issued at the end of the trial so we can compare scores and get a sense of how well the tool performed in improving our colleagues sleep patterns and wellbeing. 

Other University resources

External Support