Regular Sleep, Healthy Future!

Today is World Sleep Day. The slogan for the 14th annual World Sleep Day is ‘Regular Sleep, Healthy Future.’  World Sleep Day reminds all sleep professionals to educate the world about the importance of regular sleep for achieving better quality of life and global health. World Sleep day has brought us right back to the time when we held live public events during our annual Midlands Science Festival and this time it was all around the Science of Sleep.

This was a highly informative evening with plenty of discussion and question time. Dr. Craig Slattery, a science communicator and Specialist Lecturer at University College Dublin addressed the audience as well as Dr Silke Ryan, Consultant in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at St. Vincent’s University Hospital and Research Fellow at UCD. Topics explored included, why do we sometimes experience sleep problems? What can we do to get better sleep? What is happening in your brain when you are sleeping? Why do babies sleep so much ? We also heard from Dr. Ann-Marie Creaven from the Department of Psychology at the University of Limerick. You might ask, why is a psychologist interested in sleep? We all know that negative feeling we can sometimes experience when we get up the day after a poor night’s sleep. Ann-Marie spoke on the night about just how related sleep is to our productivity, mood and mental health. We also learned that sleeping is actually a behaviour!

Hopefully we can look forward to lots more informative and entertaining public science events in the future!