Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan
Organisational Psychiatry and Psychology
Sleeping on the job & Occupational Health
The 2019 Ruth Alston Memorial Lecture and Dinner
The 2019 Ruth Alston Memorial Lecture and Dinner will be held on Tuesday 5th March 2019. Following the resounding success of last year’s celebrity speakers on neuro-diversity, we are privileged to have This Morning’s and SilentNight Beds’ sleep expert, Nerina Ramlakhan. It will be held in the Oasis Suite of the Crowne Plaza Hotel during the 2-day Health and Wellbeing at Work event.
Do you ask about sleep at every consultation? If not, what are the benefits of doing so for both you, the employer and your patient?
Whether you are managing cases where sleep is adding to health problems, or proactively planning ahead for next winter’s SAD season to reduce the impact of sleep deprivation on increased Christmas productivity demands, 2019 RAML is an essential update for you.
Poor sleep has a dramatic effect on health and wellbeing and Sleep Hygiene is becoming one of the most important factors in Occupational Health practice. The Sleep Foundation reports that “Sleepiness is also thought to have played a role in some of the most devastating environmental health disasters in history”.
BOOK NOW to hear CELEBRITY guest speaker Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, author of Tired but Wired and the sleep expert for SilentNight beds. She also manages the ‘Sleep Matters’ section of the Silentnight website. In addition to running The Capio Nightingale Clinic she has previously run an auditorium session on ‘The Art of Happiness’ for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Our first speaker will be Dr Nerina Ramlakhan. She is a physiologist who has specialised in maximising individual and organisational performance for almost two decades exploring the impact of sleep deprivation in her blog. She also writes for a number of journals including Legal Hub, Occupational Health and Police Review Magazines.
Nerina’s work has recently been featured in New Scientist, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Express, The Evening Standard, The London Paper, Woman and Home, Healthy Living, Red and Psychologies Magazines. Most recently she has talked about power-napping on the Radio 2 Chris Evans show and has appeared on GMTV and CNN talking about technology addiction. Nerina is also the sleep advisor to the Silent Night bed company.
Nerina’s work with individuals and organisations includes motivational and leadership programmes, Wellness and Energy programmes, stress audits and risk assessments, return to work coaching following long-term sickness absence, burnout prevention and organisational Wellness surveys.
After completing her post-doctoral training and research into the effects of lifestyle interventions on the alleviation of mental disorders, she studied organisational psychiatry and psychology at Guys Hospital and set up organisational consultancy, workshop facilitation and coaching.
As the original founder of BUPA’s Corporate Wellbeing Solutions, she was a regular speaker at many City groups. Since April 2000, she has delivered consultancy via Equilibrium Solutions to various industries including sport (Chelsea Football Club), legal, insurance, accountancy, management consultancy, various sections of the police services, call-centres, investment banking, telecommunications, healthcare and pharmaceutical, oil, TV, defence, engineering and IT.
Nerina also works with the Capio Nightingale Psychiatric Hospital in London on their sleep, energy & physical health programmes that are designed to support mental wellbeing.
Although Nerina uses her academic background in physiology, philosophy and psychology to guide her teaching, her approach is highly practical. She has a strong belief that everyone can live a healthy and more fulfilling life by finding optimal energy and balance – even in these hectic times that we live in. Her work, both with individuals and organisations, is dedicated to helping people to create this balance and equilibrium.
On a personal level, Nerina is married, has a 9-year old daughter and in her spare time climbs, runs and practises yoga and meditation. She has written a book called ‘Tired But Wired’ which was released in June 2010 and is now widely available in bookstores and Amazon. Her book has been featured on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ show, Woman’s Hour (Radio 4) and the Steve Wright Show (Radio 2). Her book was released in the US in October 2010.
Dr Nerina Ramlakhan
Angus is a magician and mentalist who amazed our guest at the 2017 drinks reception with his magic and sleight of hand. He is exceptionally gifted at magic because of his ‘superpower’ – he has Autism. Last year Angus gave an eloquent and inspiring speech explaining how autism affects him and the employment challenges that he has had along the way.
Many people on the autism spectrum are likely to suffer from disturbed sleep patterns at some point in their lives.
Reasons for this could include:
- having difficulty settling, winding down and going to sleep.
- waking repeatedly during the night, or having difficulty getting back to sleep after waking up to go to the toilet.
- increased anxiety or an inability to relax causing insomnia.
- social cueing problems, where an autistic person doesn’t make the connection between others in the house going to bed and their own need to sleep.
- irregular secretion of the sleep hormone melatonin, which regulates sleep patterns, or having atypical circadian rhythms (body clock).
- neurological conditions such as epilepsy.
- sensory differences, such as increased sensitivity to blue light from smart phones, laptops and other screens, or sensitivity to certain sounds or white noise, which may be upsetting or distracting and keep them awake.
- problems caused by food allergies, which could cause gastrointestinal issues and discomfort, or increased sensitivity to caffeine or other stimulants, which can disturb sleep.
- hypersomnia – sleeping too much. Increased exhaustion could be caused by the additional stress autistic people experience in social situations.