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We all need sleep, just like we need to eat, drink and breathe! Our speakers will discuss the importance of good sleep in relation to our mental health and well being. We will be surprised if you nod off!
“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep,” a wise man once said.
Dr Donna Littlewood (Research Associate at The University of Manchester)
The importance of sleep has been a topic of conversation for centuries. Back in 1860, Florence Nightingale published her book ‘notes on nursing’, which was full of practical suggestions to help patients sleep better. In our busy modern lives, sleep is something many of us are quick to sacrifice. Others may struggle to switch off when it comes to bedtime, no matter how much they want to sleep. At this event, I’ll be talking about the role sleep plays in our mental health, and sharing findings from my own research which examines how sleep problems can be related to suicidal thoughts and acts.
Sleep, well-being and health: myths and truths
Prof. Derk-Jan Dijk (Professor of Sleep and Physiology/Director of the Surrey Sleep Research Centre )
I will discuss current ideas and present recent research about the contribution of sleep to well-being and physical and mental health. Sleep is a very popular topic and the media can’t get enough of it. The sleep industry has grown and with this also the worries about not getting enough sleep. But, what is the scientific evidence for sleep’s importance? What is sleep’s essential function and what can we do to improve our sleep?