Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012
If We Know Sleep Is So Important, Why Do We Get So Little of It?
9:10–10:10 a.m., Sorrento 3 and 4
Speaker: Richard Bootzin, University of Arizona
Good quality sleep is intricately entwined with our health, sense of well-being, productivity, emotion regulation, memory, cognitive functioning, and positive social interaction. Yet, the stresses of daily life, 24-hour businesses, sleep-disrupting technology (e.g. instant messaging, late-night TV, computer gaming, social networks. etc.) put pressure on sleep, which can lead to sleep deprivation and the development of insomnia. A developmental perspective underscores the conclusion that persistent sleep disturbance at any time during the life span has a lasting impact. Dr. Bootzin will provide vivid illustrations of the paradox we face and explore how we can live our lives in the 21st century without destroying our sleep and all that it affects.