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Clinical Sleep Research Unit

Welcome to the Clinical Sleep Research Unit

The CSRU represents a unique collaboration between researchers, clinicians and service providers in the UK. Our mission is to improve the understanding and evidence-based management of insomnia and chronic sleep disturbance through applied research, knowledge transfer and professional training. Established in 2003 the CSRU provides a focus for expertise in the psychological management of sleep and insomnia, and enjoys links with other centres of sleep research both in the UK and internationally. Our activities cover the epidemiology of sleep, the psychology of insomnia, and the evaluation and service delivery of treatments for insomnia. If you would like to know more about our activities please contact us at: CSRU-Enquiries@lboro.ac.uk.

If you are looking for help with a current sleep problem, we have provided a page of information and advice which you may find helpful. Please note, however, that as a research centre we do not provide a clinical service and cannot discuss individual cases.

For the past 10 years the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University has been developing treatment models, training programmes, self-help materials and treatment outcome measures for use in NHS research programmes.

We also provide resources for health professionals. Please note that these documents are password protected so please contact us in the first instance if you would like to access this information.

The CSRU is directed by Professor Kevin Morgan.

With the aim of improving the scientific understanding and evidence-based management of insomnia and chronic sleep disturbance, research in the CSRU is conducted in 3 areas; epidemiology; community-based sleep research; and clinical trials. Within these broad topic areas human ageing and quality of life provide additional common themes.

The epidemiology of sleep and insomnia

Epidemiological studies are fundamental to the understanding and management of health and illness in the general population.

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Community-Based Sleep Research

Controlled observations of sleeping patterns in community-based settings provide 'real-life' insights into the nature of sleep disturbances which, in turn, can inform prevention and treatment strategies.

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Clinical Trials

Clinical trials of psychological approaches to insomnia management provide the evidence necessary to guide policy, purchasing and clinical practice in this important area.

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Kevin Morgan is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Sleep Research Unit at Loughborough University. He graduated in psychology from the University of Ulster before completing his doctoral research into the psychopharmacology of sleep and ageing at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh. Since then he has developed broad research interests in health and psychological wellbeing in later life, focussing specifically on the causes and treatment of insomnia. He is a Member Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, and an advisor to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

Pamela Gregory is a Research Associate in the Clinical Sleep Research Unit at Loughborough University, and has been responsible for the field management of a large clinical trial assessing the effectiveness of self-help for insomnia associated with chronic disease. Pamela has experience of working on research programmes, clinical trial management and project administration in UK Universities and the NHS. She gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Services Studies from the Nuffield Institute for Health at the University of Leeds, before moving to Denmark where she worked as a Clinical Trial Administrator at the headquarters of a Danish pharmaceutical company. While in Denmark, Pamela completed a Masters degree in health sciences with the Open University.

Iuliana Hartescu graduated in Psychology at Loughborough University in 2010 before joining the Clinical Sleep Research Unit as a Research (Graduate) Student. Iuliana’s current research programme focuses on the impact of moderate activity levels on sleep outcomes. Her work includes epidemiological (secondary) analyses of health and sleep outcomes using longitudinal data from the Nottingham Longitudinal Study of Activity and Ageing. She is also conducting a randomized controlled trial evaluating the effects of recommended minimal activity levels on sleep outcomes among sedentary people with chronic insomnia.

Dr Louise Reyner is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology who is interested in sleep, sleepiness and applied sleep research. Her recent research includes evaluation of sleepiness in airline pilots, premiership football players, and tennis players. Her work also investigates shift work patterns and sleepiness, jet lag and sleepiness, sleepiness related accidents, including sleep related vehicle accidents, and circadian rhythms. Dr Reyner was part of the team awarded the Queens Anniversary prize in recognition of the University’s vehicle, road and driver safety research (2007)

Dr Maureen Tomeny is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, and Director of the Nottinghamshire County ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ (IAPT) service. Maureen began her career conducting research into chronic insomnia at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh, before commencing clinical psychology training in Surrey and London. She developed her clinical career first in Dumfriesshire, providing psychological therapy from GP surgeries, before moving to Nottinghamshire where she helped to set up the new clinical psychology service. Maureen continues her research into psychological therapies and has collaborated on RCTs of both face to face and self help interventions. She remains committed to delivering high quality evidence based psychological therapies in Primary Care and local communities.

Wai Kent Yeung graduated in 2008 from Liverpool John Moores University with a BSc in Applied Psychology. In 2010 he obtained a Master in Research Methods in Psychology from the University of Liverpool, with a dissertation focusing on emotional and electrophysiological aspects of pain processing. Stemming from his interests in the psychophysiology of pain, Wai joined the CSRU in December 2010 as a PhD Student to investigate aspects of sleep and pain experience in patients with fibromyalgia. He is currently conducting a community-based study of sleep in patients with chronic fibromyalgia syndrome and patients with osteoarthritis. Wai is jointly supervised by Professor Kevin Morgan of Loughborough University and Dr Frank McKenna at the Trafford Healthcare Trust.

A selection of recent publications from our group is shown. Each of these publications indicates an area of current research activity. If you would like further information on these research areas please contact: CSRU-enquiries@lboro.ac.uk.

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Selected publications

Book chapters

Presentations