Researchers at Edge Hill University have investigated how sleep and physical activity could influence the mental health of children and young people living in Lancashire.

Dr Richard Tyler and Professor Stuart Fairclough have completed a new study on how daily activity behaviours such as physical activity, sleep, and being sedentary relate to children’s mental health and wellbeing. The study was recently published in the Journal of Sports Sciences.

The researchers will discuss findings from their study in an online seminar hosted by the University’s Health Research Institute (HRI) on Friday 16th April at 1pm-2pm.

Funded by the Waterloo Foundation, the project ‘The influence of physical activity, sleep, and sedentary time on a children’s and adolescents’ mental health, cognitive function, and movement competence’ examined how 24-hour movement behaviours can influence a range of health and wellbeing outcomes.

Stuart Fairclough is a Professor of Physical Activity Education. He said: “This research looked at how daily activity behaviours such as physical activity, sleep, and sitting influence the mental health and wellbeing of young people living in Lancashire.

“It’s incredibly timely to release our findings at a time when mental health is at the centre of public debate and conversation, particularly as lockdown restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic may be linked with increased mental health issues among children and young people.

Dr Richard Tyler, a Lecturer in Physical Activity and Physical Education said: “This seminar will be of interest to researchers, practitioners, and anyone with an interest in child and adolescent health and wellbeing, cognitive function and movement competence. We’re looking forward to sharing our findings and hope they can inform behaviours and awareness going forward.”

Guests interested in attending this Teams event can register their interest online.

Since its launch in 2014, Edge Hill’s Health Research Institute has established a strong portfolio of multi-disciplinary research that extends beyond traditional medical approaches to reflect a broader view of healthcare. The institute aims to facilitate and enable collaborative research across a range of academic perspectives with external stakeholders in the NHS, social care, charities and other health-related organisations.