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Body clocks and the science of sleep

The links between sleep and health
How's your sleep been recently? Join us as we unpack the research and provide options on how to practice better sleep hygiene.

If you've been struggling with getting a good night's sleep lately, you're not alone. 

Sleep is essential to our health and wellbeing. Getting enough sleep helps you stay healthy and alert in both the short and longterm. But many people, particularly in these frustrating, uncertain times, aren't sleeping well.

In the lead up to mental health month, discover some fascinating new research emerging from the University of Sydney and beyond. 

How do changes to our sleep and body rhythms effect diseases of the brain? Our speakers will explain circadian rhythm , what happens during sleep, why we may be feeling particularly fatigued during lockdown and offer practical tips people can weave into their daily lives to improve their sleep patterns.

Join circadian rhythm and mental health experts Dr Jacob Crouse and Associate Professor Sean Cain, clinical neuropsychologist Professor Sharon Naismith; and someone who is no stranger to the disrupt of natural sleep patterns with her early starts on Radio National Breakfast, Fran Kelly, moderates this conversation.

Event details

Date and time Thursday 23 September, 4pm (AEST)
How to join the conversation This online event is free and open to all. Register for details and reminder to join on Zoom.
Can't join us on the day? We are recording this conversation and it will be available after the event. Check back on this page to catch up on demand (video, podcast and transcript). 
Accessibility and enquiries This online event will have live captioning. For enquiries get in touch with the Sydney Ideas team. Email sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au or phone (02) 9351 2943.

The panel

Jacob Crouse is a post-doctoral research fellow with the Youth Mental Health & Technology Team at the Brain and Mind Centre. He received a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) in 2015, a Master of Brain and Mind Sciences in 2016, and a PhD (Medicine) in 2021.

Sean Cain is an expert in circadian rhythms. He is the current President on the Australasian Chronobiology Society. His laboratory focuses on individual differences in the sensitivity of the circadian system to light and how these differences lead to poor health outcomes, including sleep disorders, metabolic disease, and depression.

Sharon Naismith is a Clinical Neuropsychologist, NHMRC Dementia Leadership Fellow and holds the Leonard P Ullman Chair in Psychology at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney. She also Heads the Healthy Brain Ageing Program at the Brain and Mind Centre, a one-of-its-kind early intervention research clinic for dementia.

Respected radio presenter, current affairs journalist podcaster and political correspondent. Fran presents RN Breakfast Monday to Thursday.