Involvement Opportunity! CBT to Reduce Insomnia and Improve Sleep in Early Psychosis

Project: CBT to Reduce Insomnia and Improve Sleep in Early Psychosis (CRISP)

Background and aims of the study: Sleep disturbances and cognitive dysfunction are consistently reported as extremely troublesome aspects of psychotic illnesses. While not included in definitions of psychosis they are both associated with poor levels of daily function and impaired social recovery.

This study will examine the relationship between sleep quality and social recovery in psychosis, with a secondary aim of testing whether specified cognitive functions (i.e. attention, memory, executive function, social and emotional recognition) mediate the proposed association between sleep and social recovery.

Volunteer participants will have a first episode psychotic disorder, or be at ultra-high risk (UHR) for psychosis, and currently engaged with CAMEO early intervention services provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT). A publicly available, online intervention based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for insomnia (Sleepio) will be utilised as the intervention to reduce insomnia and improve sleep quality. Participants will be randomised to receive the intervention for eight weeks either immediately following baseline assessment or at the 9-week point, when group one will have completed the Sleepio intervention. Both groups will continue to receive the treatment as usual (TAU) from CAMEO early intervention team throughout the entire study that will last for twenty-five weeks, including eight-week follow-up once all participants have received the intervention.

Researcher: Camice Revier is a PhD student. Her research is aimed at expanding the evidence and understanding of the relationship between sleep and social recovery in psychosis.

Involvement: We are looking for people with relevant lived experience (have used CAMEO and may have experience of sleep disturbances or are interested on the topic) to provide input throughout this project.

Time commitment: The first meeting will take place on 15th June (11am-1pm) or 25th June (12pm-2pm) in Cambridge.

Payment and support: £10/hour for attending each meeting will be offered. Travel expenses will be covered. Please note, this income may have implications for those claiming benefits. All income must be declared to the Inland Revenue.

If you have relevant experience please let us know as soon as possible and we can pass your details on to Iliana Rokkou.