Title: Sleep optimization strategies

Speaker: Martin Dresler, Ph.D.

Time: 9:00-, April 24, 2019

Location: Room 104, Comprehensive Research Building


Sleep is an enigma; we spend a third of our lives in a state of extended lack of perceptual attention and behavioural reactivity, and we are only beginning to understand the biological functions sleep serves to compensate for these adaptational disadvantages. Despite its important role for health, sleep is often considered a waste of time that could be spent more productively, and average sleep times are decreasing in many countries. In this talk, I will first introduce into the different biological functions of sleep, and will then explore different strategies to optimize sleep. I will in particular focus on polyphasic sleep schedules to reduce total sleep time, the role of sleep for cognitive functioning, and higher cognitive processes during sleep and dreaming.