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PDV 74 — The Power of Sleep

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 18—Nov 15
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 20
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $345
Instructor(s): Glenn Brassington
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Oct 18—Nov 15
5 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 20
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Glenn Brassington
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Sleep powers every aspect of our life. Our focus, attention, memory, mental processing, decision-making, endurance, speed, mood, relationships, nutrition, stress, health, and performance are all enhanced with the right type and quantity of sleep. Forty years ago, 80 percent of people reported that they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their sleep, whereas today’s estimates range from 20 to 30 percent. What accounts for this change? What are its consequences? How can it be reversed? Researchers report that it is not enough to simply follow a list of sleep-hygiene guidelines to promote healthy sleep. Individuals need to understand the fundamental principles underlying healthy sleep and then develop a sleep improvement program that is tailored to their unique physiology and psychology.

In this applied and practical course, students will learn what scientists have reported about the fundamental physiological, psychological, and environmental variables involved in promoting healthy and performance-enhancing sleep. Students will conduct sleep experiments, create a sleep improvement program, and evaluate the effects of sleep on their health and performance. This course will also cover managing jet lag, using sleep to increase creativity and spark innovation, sleep disorders (e.g., sleep apnea), and using technology to assess and improve sleep, which will improve health and sharpen the mental game.

Professor of Psychology, Sonoma State

Glenn Brassington is a licensed clinical, health, performance, and innovation psychologist. He is a former postdoctoral fellow and adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Stanford School of Medicine. Brassington has published scientific papers on sleep, physical activity, sport psychology, and mental training for peak performance. He has been a health consultant and a mental-training coach for over twenty years.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.