The enigma of adolescent sleep: misunderstood science and effective intervention


Event type Live Stream

Online via Zoom.
10:00 - 11:45 UK time
Recordings are available for 28 days after the event.


This event is to increase awareness and understanding of adolescent sleep and to build ideas for supporting adolescents and parents/carers with this. This event is being staged by the ACAMH Wales Branch.

About the event

Good mental health always seems to involve sleep in one way or another.

One stereotype about teenagers is that they’re inevitably lazy, and refuse to get out of bed at a reaonsable hour. But this behaviour is more likely due to the chaotic and demanding neurological developments the typical adolescent brain is experiencing. Dr. Dean Burnett explains what’s going on, and why adolescent sleeping pattern should be dealt with sympathetically, not critically.

It is common for children and young people, particularly those who are in high-risk groups, to have difficulty with their sleep. Having, and maintaining, good sleep hygiene can help to get sleep and to stay asleep. Vicki Dawson’s talk will include information on the importance of behavioural sleep intervention for adolescents, the impact of sleep intervention, and strategies to support professionals to improve sleep patterns of those they work with.

Key Takeaways

  • Increased understanding and awareness of the difficulties related to adolescent sleep.
  • Learn how to support adolescents and parents/carers regarding sleep issues.
  • Increase understanding of the relationship between sleep and mental health
  • Share information about recent evidence-based interventions
  • Equip professionals, parents and carers to address sleep issues effectively – through knowledge of sources of information and support, and through knowledge of practical strategies.

Prices and booking

£30 – ACAMH Members
£40 – Non-Members 

Plus exclusive access to all lectures for up to 28 days.

Book now at this link or click the button at the top of the page and fill in the details. ACAMH Members should sign in first to ensure that they get their discount.

If you are not an ACAMH Member now is a great time to join. Remember ACAMH is a charity and any surplus made is reinvested back to the benefit of our members and the industry as a whole.

Who is it for

All those working with adolescents, or who contribute to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of adolescents, e.g. school governors, teaching and support staff, social workers, CAMHS professionals.


10.00 Welcome from the ACAMH Wales Branch
10.05 – 10.35 Dr. Dean Burnett ‘Missing the best part of the day? The misunderstood science of adolescent sleep’
10.35 – 10.45 Q & A
10.45 – 10.00 Break
11.00 – 11.30 Vicki Dawson ‘Behavioural sleep intervention to support sleep in adolescents’
11.30 – 11.40 Q & A
11.40 – 11.45 Closing statement

About the speakers

Dr. Dean Burnett
Dr. Dean Burnett

Dr. Dean Burnett is a celebrated neuroscientist and author. After completing his PhD in behavioural neuroscience at Cardiff Psychology School, he spent many years tutoring and lecturing for a postgraduate psychiatry programme. Alongside this, he was a prolific science writer and communicator. Following the successful publication of his debut book The Idiot Brain, Dean is now a full time author, and regularly writes about mental health and issues around it.

@garwboy – Twitter

Vicki Dawson
Vicki Dawson

Vicki is CEO and Founder of The Sleep Charity.  She set the charity up in 2012 in order to support children and their families to get a good night’s sleep. Since then, the organisation has grown and developed significantly and sleep support is now provided for all.

Prior to working within the charity Vicki worked in education.  She qualified as a teacher in 1997 and held several senior roles including Deputy Head Teacher and Advisory Teacher around Special Educational Needs and Disability.

Vicki’s interest in sleep developed after experiencing the impact that sleep deprivation can have when she became a parent.  She has spent years researching sleep and is on the Board of the British Paediatric Sleep Society, she is also a member of the British Sleep Society.  In 2019 Vicki became a TEDx speaker, urging the nation to wake up to the importance of sleep.

The work of the Sleep Charity has received widespread attention due to the success the team have in improving sleep patterns.  The organisation has been presented with several national awards including the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, Royal Society for Public Health Award for children and young people and the GSK Impact Award with the King’s Fund.

@TheSleepCharity – Twitter