Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing Service, has teamed up with the Sleep Scientist, Dr Sophie Bostock, to launch a new ‘Better Sleep Toolkit’ aimed at supporting police officers, staff and volunteers with fatigue and sleep problems.
Andy Rhodes, Service Director for Oscar Kilo, said, “We have undertaken extensive work around sleep and fatigue, after it was identified as a concern in our 2019 National Wellbeing Survey, and we know it’s making a difference. I am really excited to launch this toolkit; its development has come from feedback and is a continuation of the excellent work done with Sophie last year.
“If you struggle sleeping, you will know what a significant impact it can have on your work and home life, this resource will give you the tools to enable you to learn and practice the habits you need to wake up with more energy, be more productive and worry less.”
The Better Sleep Toolkit includes a four-week online course, which aims to help you learn and practice the habits you need to wake up with more energy, be more productive and worry less.
The course is designed not only to help explain WHAT to do, but also HOW to make it easy, and WHY it’s important. This programme is open to anyone working in policing including police officers, police staff, volunteers and specials and can be accessed via the Oscar Kilo website.
The toolkit also includes a series of six bite-sized videos, covering a range of topics, such as snoring, insomnia and nightshifts, they give some quick fixes that you can start straight away to improve your sleep.
Due to the success of the Better Sleep webinars last year, four new webinars are taking place, which are open to anyone who works in policing to join. Hosted live by Sophie, the sessions will take a deeper look at relevant sleep related topics and will include an opportunity to ask questions. The next one takes place today (19 January) and looks at sleep and anxiety, all previous webinars are available to watch through the toolkit.
Dr Sophie Bostock said, “Whether you’re tired of waking up in the middle of the night, you’re struggling with shift work, or you’re just curious to learn more about sleep, we’ve designed the toolkit to help! Working with the police family over the last year has made me appreciate that there is a real appetite for bite-sized sleep help. When you sign up for the toolkit you can simply download an audio technique, or follow the four-week course; whatever you need to feel more confident that you know how to sleep well.”
To find out more about the ‘Better Sleep’ programme and access the course please visit: Better Sleep Toolkit • Oscar Kilo