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Summer School 2021

Sleep and health: what have we learned from Covid-19?

SLEEP AND HEALTH: WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED FROM COVID-19?

Dr Dale Rae, senior researcher and sleep scientist, Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town

The Covid-19 pandemic has unearthed many challenges and opportunities. Believe it or not, sleep is one such area. Anecdotally, some people have noted dramatic improvements in their sleep during lockdown, while others have spiralled into cycles of insomnia. To truly understand our diverse sleep-related responses to this pandemic, we first need to hone in on the basics of sleep – why we sleep, how sleep is regulated, our personal sleep needs, common sleep disorders and the importance of optimal sleep for health and well-being. This will enable us to explore the Covid-19-related challenges to sleep, as well as opportunities to press the reset button on sleep. 

 

LECTURE TITLES

  1. Getting to grips with healthy sleep
  2. Sleep during the COVID-19 pandemic: challenges and opportunities

This course will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.

 

Recommended reading

Mendelson, W.B. 2017. The Science of Sleep. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

 

Date: Monday 25–Tuesday 26 January
Time: 11.15 am     
COURSE FEES: R150