Dr Dale Rae, Dr Gosia Lipinska, Dr Adhil Bhagwandin, Dr Greg Symons and Professor Mark Solms, University of Cape Town

Co-ordinator: Professor Graham Fieggen

Sleep is not only critical for survival, but healthy sleep ensures we thrive – physically, emotionally and cognitively. This series of lectures hones in on the basics of sleep physiology – what sleep is exactly, how it is regulated and why we sleep. It then explores the neuropsychology of sleep. Since every living creature has a period of rest or sleep every twenty-four hours it is fascinating to understand how sleep differs between animals and humans as a means to extend our understanding of human sleep. The reality is that many humans have disorded sleep, which has the potential to increase risk for disease, and impair quality of life. With this in mind the course touches on the medical aspects of sleep, with a particular focus on sleep-related breathing disorders. It ends with some captivating insights into REM sleep and dreaming.



1. Physiology of sleep         Dr Dale Rae

2. Neuropsychology of sleep           Dr Gosia Lipinksa

3. What can we learn from sleep in other mammals             Dr Adhil Bhagwandin,

4. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and health implications           Dr Greg Symons

5. REM sleep and dreaming             Dr Mark Solms


Recommended reading

Dement WC. 1999. The Promise of Sleep. New York: Dell Trade Paperback.

Solms, M.  2011. Neurobiology and the neurological basis of dreaming. In P. Montagna & S. Chokroverty (eds.) Handbook of Clinical Neurology, 98 (3rd series) Sleep Disorders – Part 1. New York: Elsevier, pp. 519–544.

Solms, M. 2017.  Sleep and dreams: A clinical neurological perspective. In S. Chokroverty and. Ferini-Strambi (eds.), Oxford Textbook of Sleep Disorders, Oxford University Press, pp. 333–343.

Solms, M. 2021.  Dreams and the hard problem of consciousness. In G. Koob & S. Della Sala, eds. Encylopaedia of Behavioural Neuroscience, 2nd ed. New York: Elsevier Science.


DATES: Monday 26–Friday 30 July 2021 
TIME: 5.00pm–6.00pm