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WELL 09 — Improve Your Sleep Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jul 20—Aug 24
Time: 6:00—7:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 22
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Jennifer Choi
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Cancelled
Live Online(About Formats)
6:00—7:30 pm (PT)
Jul 20—Aug 24
6 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 22
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Jennifer Choi
Sleep is as critical to our health and well-being as food, water, and shelter. However, research shows that fifty to seventy million adults in the United States suffer from sleep problems, and the sleeping-aids market is currently estimated at $37 billion. Sleep deprivation is so pervasive, the CDC calls it a public health epidemic. In this course, students will learn about cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the first-line evidence-based approach used to address not only the symptoms but also the underlying causes of poor sleep. The course will begin with education regarding the biopsychosocial factors that affect sleep and explore two main components: sleep-interfering thoughts and healthy sleep hygiene. Students will learn to break the cycle of negative thinking patterns and anxieties that contribute to sleep difficulties. The course will also provide an understanding of how shift work, substances, and chronic health conditions can alter sleep and wakefulness. Students will use a sleep diary and thought record to identify their own cognitive and behavioral sleep patterns, evaluate their impact on their health and well-being, and improve their lifestyle habits. At the end of the course, students will have the tools to enhance their mood, productivity, and executive functioning through sleep improvement.

No background in psychology is required.

Psychotherapist, Reasons Eating Disorder Center; Study Clinician, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Jennifer Choi's expertise includes mindfulness-based interventions and third-wave behavioral therapies. She has published research in the Journal of LGBTQ Issues in Counseling and Schizophrenia Research. She received an MEd in clinical mental health counseling from Vanderbilt, where she taught for three years.