So would you consider yourself an expert on sleep? Maybe you’re really good at it – can sleep anywhere, anytime. Or maybe sleep is that elusive thing, always outside your grasp? We all do it and have done it for many years albeit with varying levels of ‘success’, but what do we each really know about the biology of sleep? What purpose does it serve? How does it happen? And what happens to us if we don’t get enough (or think we don’t get enough!)?
Double doctor Katie Herron is going to join us at Le Pub Scientifique to explore the science behind the mechanisms of sleep and bust some of the commonly held myths.
Sleep disturbance can be a feature of many chronic conditions including persistent pain and can perpetuate the symptoms as well as the impact of the condition. Having a broader awareness of what to listen out for and some biologically sound advice to give people could complement our biopsychosocial approach to helping people manage long-term conditions.
Katie is a really good sleeper, in fact so much so she has a PhD in it. She currently spends her days very much awake, working clinically with people with persistent abdominopelvic pain as a clinical psychologist in a leading London NHS hospital.
And with all that restorative sleep to support her brain function, Katie has published articles spanning topics from daytime sleepiness in chronic stroke to psychological interventions for vaginal pain.
Have a think of some of the things that you may have been told, may tell others, may read in daily newspapers to ‘woo’ sleep and bring Katie your myths or supposed truths so she may be able to shed some light on why they may or may not be helpful in the context of sleep.
As is customary at Le Pub - we invite you to stick around for a chat and a drink after the seminar has finished (and please do feel free to stay hydrated during the session, we will be in the Pub after all).