Tuesday 7 February 2017
Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
5 CPD Points
Sleep debt is a topic frequently raised in today's media, alongside the suggestion that the modern day society is chronically sleep deprived.
This meeting will focus on the controversial issue of sleep debt, and will be approached by leading experts from historical, sociological, epidemiological, clinical, scientific backgrounds and 'real world' perspectives. It could be argued that we are too prescriptive about how we should sleep, and that sleep was and still is naturally more ‘flexible’ than often assumed.
This meeting reviews understanding of “sleep debt” from historical, contemporary, clinical and scientific perspectives
Roger Ekirch, Professor of History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia is an award winning author whose writing has been translated into eight languages. His published research into the history of sleep has been widely embraced by sleep scientists, and includes the book 'At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past' which attracted four prizes including an award from the history honour society Phi Alpha Theta for the “best subsequent book” in all fields of history.
Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction
Professor Jim Horne, Emeritus Professor of Psychophysiology, University of Loughborough
A social history of sleep – looking back to what was ‘normal sleep’
Professor Roger Ekirch, Professor of History, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia, USA
The pharmaceuticalisation of today’s sleep - a socio-medical perspective
Dr Catherine Coveney, Research Fellow, University of Sussex
Tea and coffee break
Short sleep, mortality and morbidity – epidemiological findings
Professor Franco Cappuccio, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Warwick
Judge sleep by its quality rather than duration
Prof Derk-Jan Dijk, Professor of Sleep and Physiology, University of Surrey and Director, Surrey Sleep Research Centre
Optimal sleep for everyday behaviour
Professor John Groeger, Professor, University of Hull
Tea and coffee break
Sleep debt – just a fact of life?
Professor Jim Horne, University of Loughborough
Panel discussion and question and answer session
Completion of evaluation forms
Close of meeting