This introductory course explores the basic science and benefits of sleep. A broad overview of the benefits and mechanisms of sleep will be provided. Topics will also include common sleep disorders and behavioral interventions. Students will gain an understanding of the processes that govern our sleep and effective strategies to improve sleep.
Week 1: The Science & Benefits of Sleep. We'll explore the underlying biology that governs our sleep-wake cycles, what healthy sleep looks like, and the numerous ways that sleep improves or lives.
Week 2: Circadian Optimization. The second week will look at some methods for improving sleep including principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi) and chronotherapeutics.
Daniel Jin Blum, PhD is a licensed psychologist and behavioral sleep medicine specialist. He practices an integrative approach to wellbeing, incorporating both cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based techniques. He recently authored a book on improving wellbeing through sleep and mindfulness titled Sleep Wise: How to Feel Better, Work Smarter, and Build Resilience (in press). Dr. Blum completed his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology and his sleep fellowship at The Stanford Sleep Center.
THIS CLASS IS ONLY 2 WEEKS.
MULTICOURSE MEMBERS: if you would prefer not to use a credit for this, please contact us to be registered.