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Bright Nights: Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Your Health


Tuesday, October 1st
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Ann Arbor District Library

343 South Fifth Avenue

Ann Arbor, MI

Event Overview

Assistant Professor, U-M Department of Psychiatry and Neurology,
Co-Director, U-M Sleep and Circadian Research Laboratory

A Q&A session will be held following the presentation with expert panelists of sleep and circadian clinicians and scientists from the University of Michigan.

Sleep and circadian rhythms are increasingly recognized as critical to our physical and mental health. Sleep deprivation and sleep disorders, such as insomnia and sleep apnea, are personally relevant to almost everyone at some point in their lives, and a growing body of research implicates them in fundamental functions such as learning, memory, and emotion regulation as well as in chronic health conditions such as hypertension, asthma, and cardiovascular disease. Sleep and circadian disturbances have been shown to presage the onset of mental health disorders, contribute to their persistence, and adversely impact response to treatment. Despite major scientific advances in recent years, our understanding of the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in health is in its infancy.

When sleep and circadian disturbances are properly identified, effective treatments exist. In fact, therapies based on sleep and circadian science are emerging as innovative alternative and adjunctive treatments to traditional mental health treatments. Communities need to become more knowledgeable about sleep and circadian disorders in order to optimize physical and mental health.

J. Todd Arnedt, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology and Co-Director of the Sleep and Circadian Research Laboratory in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan will give a brief presentation on the links between sleep/circadian rhythms and health, and current best practices in the assessment and treatment of sleep and circadian disorders. Dr. Arnedt’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion of sleep and circadian clinicians and scientists from the University of Michigan.