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PDV 74 — The Power of Sleep

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Feb 7—Mar 7
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Feb 20
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $315
Instructor(s): Glenn Brassington
Status: Open
7:00—8:50 pm
Feb 7—Mar 7
5 weeks
Drop By
Feb 20
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Glenn Brassington
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 very 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 your health and sharpen your mental game.

Glenn Brassington, Professor of Psychology, Sonoma State University; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford School of Medicine

Glenn Brassington is a licensed clinical, health, and performance psychologist. He has published numerous scientific papers in the areas of sleep, physical activity, and stress, among others. Brassington has also been a health promotion and performance enhancement consultant and mental-training coach for over twenty years.