Police bring in expert to help officers catch 40 winks

Police force that categorised wolf-whistling as a hate crime hires Cristiano Ronaldo’s sleep expert to help tired officers catch 40 winks

  • Nottinghamshire Police officers said sleep, or lack of it, was a key issue
  • Constabulary brings in Nick Littlehales to speak to more than 90 staff
  • The sport sleep coach has worked with Premier League clubs and F1 drivers
  • Expert claims the need for a full eight hours is a ‘myth’ 

Police told to treat wolf whistling as a hate crime are now being giving lessons on sleeping properly.

Nottinghamshire Police drew nationwide attention in 2017 after it recorded incidents such as wolf whistling, verbal abuse and taking photographs without consent, as a hate crime.

Now the force has brought in sport sleep coach to make sure officers can catch some sleep.

Sport sleep coach Nick Littlehales, above, has worked with footballing giants at Real Madrid and Manchester City. Yesterday he helped police in Nottinghamshire catch their 40 winks

Police in Nottinghamshire say a lack of sleep is one of the biggest problems at the constabulary. Officers are pictured escorting protesters in the city of Nottingham in 2016

Nick Littlehales has worked with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Team Sky cyclists and F1 drivers in his career. 

Yesterday (Tuesday) he met with more than 90 members of the force.

Mr Littlehales said: ‘In today’s world there are infinitely more pressures that we put on ourselves with our 24/7 society, with the knock on effect being that sleep is something that suffers.

‘For organisations like the police, where many operate shift patterns working through the night, the ability to then adjust your body to being able to sleep properly is essential. 

‘That is why I am delighted to be able to help Nottinghamshire Police officers and staff to be able to achieve this goal.’

Six tips to start sleeping better, according to snooze guru Nick Littlehales


The expert’s visit came after a staff and officer survey said sleep was a key issue across Nottinghamshire Police.

His guidance includes discovering what your sleep cycle is and why naps are essential.

Mr Littlehales added: ‘Only by having a good understanding of the natural physical and mental processes can people be enabled to have quality and consistency in their sleep and in turn better their overall performance. It really isn’t rocket science.’

He added the need to get a full eight hours sleep is a myth and needing to have specialist places to sleep was also not necessary, because humans can sleep anywhere.

‘We need to understand our own bodies and listen to what they are telling us,’ he said. 

‘Humans are actually designed to sleep alone and have the ability to sleep anywhere at any time. How people sleep is actually connected to the sun and the natural rhythms of the body in terms of whether we are up with the larks or a night owl – ie what chronotype we are.

‘We are all pre-conditioned genetically and we need to know how we are programmed if we are to manage to sleep as we are meant to.

‘Once we know this about ourselves, like our chronotype, we will never suffer from too little or too much sleep again and we will be able to focus and process what we have to do in our waking hours much more effectively and efficiently.’

Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Barber, who leads on staff well-being, added: ‘The health and wellbeing of all policing professionals is essential not only to the safe and effective operation of the police service, but because as an employer of choice it is the right thing to do.

‘Our staff and officers are our greatest asset and so we need to ensure we treat them well. 

‘Through the staff survey people told us sleep was an issue which is why we are grateful to Nick for giving us his time to help us to be able to help ourselves more as a workforce.’

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