Sleep, Memory and Psychiatric Health

Advancing Wellbeing Seminar Series

Speaker: Robert Stickgold, Ph.D.
Speaker Affiliation: Assoc. Professor of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Date: 2/14/2014

Sleep plays a critical role in normal memory processing and mental health, beyond its obvious role in helping us maintain attention during the day. Sleep stabilizes and strengthens new memories, integrates them into existing memory networks, extracts gist and discovers relationships within new memories, and facilitates subsequent insights. At the same time, sleep disorders can exacerbate, trigger, or even cause psychiatric disorders, including depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Evidence for all these claims will be presented, and their implications for well-being discussed.

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