Sleep and Brain health

2 Lessons

About this course

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout our life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect our mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. In this Masterclass, we discuss how sleep is important for learning and memory, alertness, sustained attention and cognitive flexibility, how chronic short sleep reduces alertness ​and cognitive flexibility and how this is cumulative, and how attempting to recover our sleep debt on weekends ​still leaves us with attention deficits.

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Course Structure


Lesson 1

In this lesson, we look at circadian rhythms and sleep cycles, the importance of sleep for neural restoration and physiological maintenance, for learning and memory, and for mental alertness. We take a look at the consequences of sleep debt and it's effect on mental flexibility, attention shifting, and the inhibition of automatic responses.


Lesson 2

In this lesson, we look at how we're poor at judging how sleep deprived we really are. We look at how sleep disturbance may precede and predict the development of psychiatric disorders, how it makes emotional regulation more difficult, how it can lead to brain injury. And we look at the benefits of taking naps.

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