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Media Opportunity: Dalhousie University researcher launches study to support parents of children experiencing sleep issues during the pandemic

Posted by Communications and Marketing on March 17, 2021 in News

Better Nights, Better Days (BNBD) is an evidence-based online program to support parents of children ages 1-10 years old who experience sleeping problems including difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking too early. With funding from the Canadian Institute of Health Research COVID-19 Mental Health & Substance Use Service Needs and Delivery Operating Grant, researchers have modified the program to provide free support to more parents during the current global pandemic. 

Led by Dr. Penny Corkum, a team of investigators from across the country are looking to understand if BNBD can improve the sleep, mental health, wellbeing, and family resiliency in children and parents during the pandemic, and to test how to best scale-out the BNBD program to support more families across Canada. On March 19, 2021, the BNBD team will begin recruiting 1000 families from across the country with children experiencing sleeping problems. The team hopes to help families go from surviving to thriving during this extremely challenging time.

To coincide with the launch of the study, the research team will be hosting a virtual panel discussion in recognition of World Sleep Dayon March 18, 2021 at 7:00pm ET/8:00pm AT. During this virtual event, a panel of expert researchers will discuss the impacts of the global pandemic on the sleep of children and their parents, how the program works, what adaptations have been included for the current COVID-19 context, and how parents can access this evidence-based program.  For more information on the panel discussion, please visit the BNBD facebook page.

Dr. Corkum has limited availability today and tomorrow to speak with media about this program, the panel discussion and World Sleep Day. 

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Media Contact:
Sydney Dale-McGrath, MA
Project Manager
Better Nights, Better Days
Dalhousie University

Lindsay Dowling-Savelle
Media Relations Advisor
Dalhousie University
Cell: 902-222-8810




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