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About the Course

The objective of this course is to give students the most up-to-date information on the biological, personal, and societal relevance of sleep. Personal relevance is emphasized by the fact that the single best predictor of daytime performance is the quality of the previous night's sleep. The brain actively generates sleep, and the first section of the course is an overview of the neurobiological basis of sleep control. The course provides cellular-level understanding of how sleep deprivation, jet lag, and substances such as alcohol, ,caffeine, and nicotine alter sleep and wakefulness. The second section of the course covers sleep-dependent changes in physiology and sleep disorders medicine. Particular emphasis will be placed on disorders of excessive sleepiness, insomnia, and sleep-dependent changes in autonomic control. Chronic sleep deprivation impairs immune function and may promote obesity. Deaths due to all causes are most frequent between 4:00 and 6:00 a.m., and this second section of the class highlights the relevance of sleep for preventive medicine. The societal relevance of sleep will be considered in the final section of the class. In an increasingly complex and technologically oriented society, operator-error by one individual can have a disastrous negative impact on public health and safety. Fatigue-related performance decrements are known to have contributed as causal factors to nuclear power plant failures, transportation disasters, and medical errors....

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Jul 5, 2019

to tell the truth, this is the ever first online class I have ever learnt. This is so amazing, useful for a neurologist like me. Love this and still wait for an advanced course of this online class


Oct 19, 2020

As someone who is starting a PsyD this upcoming year I really enjoyed and learned a great amount of info from this course. i highly recommend the course and applaud the instructors and researchers.

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By Gabriela

Nov 1, 2021

excellent course.

By Kleber L d S

Oct 9, 2019

Muito satisfeito.

By Drpiyush k

May 25, 2020

Excellent course

By Paul M

May 18, 2022

So interesting

By Franci C

Oct 20, 2020

Great course!

By S. M R

Jul 12, 2020

Good to learn

By Ahmed A E

May 25, 2022

great course

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By Ana K G

Feb 27, 2023

Very good.


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Sep 16, 2020

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By Jonathan G

Feb 13, 2018

interesting course. However, it did not, another sleep disorder called Klein Levin syndrome which disrupts the thalamus in the brain that controls sleep. This causes the sufferer to sleep for months at a time or long extended period of time, causing disturbing sleep, increased appetite and an inability to wake up properly.

By Sukru D

Apr 26, 2020

It was a very good course. There were a few issues though: Some subject matter were repeated by different instructors. This which created redundancy. In addition some instructors were too slow or not very coherent. Quizes were fine, reflecting the important points and making me remember the course content.

By Hermela M

Dec 30, 2019

I have always wanted to learn about sleep and its disorders since I was a child. Now thanks to this course, I have learnt a lot about sleep and related issues.

By Sarah D

Aug 18, 2020

It was an interesting course, full of fascinating information. If you want to know more about sleep take this course.

By Josef B S D M

Oct 31, 2022

The graphs may look intimidating, but the lecturers were able to highlight the key points in a clear manner.

By Joy S

Mar 9, 2020

Way better than the sleep teachout. Gave me info on my own sleep issues, which is what I was hoping to get.