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We are interested in finding out how stroke affects people's sleep, whether this might impact on recovery, and how we might be able to improve sleep.

Our research

Inpatient Study: We measured sleep quality in people receiving rehabilitation after brain injury. The results are published in the journal 'Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair'. Read a summary of our findings

Outpatient Study: We investigated sleep quality in a group of community dwelling stroke and brain injury survivors. We are currently working to analyse this data.

Sleepio Feasibility: We explored the feasibility of using the online sleep improvement programme 'Sleepio' in a group of community dwelling stroke survivors. We are currently working to analyse this data.

 

OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE PART IN CURRENT RESEARCH

Have you had a stroke? Would you like to improve your sleep? Researchers at the University of Oxford are looking for volunteers to trial a new six-week online programme for sleep improvement. In this study participants will have the opportunity to use “Sleepio”, an online programme designed for sleep improvement. Sleepio has been shown to improve the sleep quality and duration for individuals with insomnia. This research project is exploring whether the programme is effective for individuals following stroke.

If you would like to find out more about the study or if you have any questions, please get in contact with Melanie Fleming or Tom Smejka.

Email: sleep@fmrib.ox.ac.uk 

Phone: 01865 611461.

Study title: Improving sleep in rehabilitation after stroke (INSPIRES)

[Ethics Ref: R40803/RE001 Version 1 – 07/02/20]

 

COLLABORATORS

  • Dr Anton Pick, and Dr David Henderson Slater, Oxford Centre for Enablement, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Emma Garratt, Oxfordshire Stroke Rehabilitation Unit, Oxford Health NHS Trust
  • Professor Colin Espie and Associate Professor Simon Kyle, Sleep & Circadian Neuroscience Institute
  • Dr Alasdair Henry, Big Health Ltd
  • Professor Nele Demeyere and Grace Chiu, Department of Experimental Psychology