A good night's sleep matters more than you think

Monday, 24 July 2017

The importance of sleep for all of us – for work, school, health and child development – will be the focus of a free public forum at the University of Adelaide this week (Wednesday 26 July).

Good Sleep Matters will feature four South Australian experts in various areas of sleep research, spanning the importance of good sleep for children, the impact of shift work during pregnancy, and risk factors for teenagers.

Sleep plays a vital restorative function which is important for many facets of the human body, and is extremely important in children and adolescents for achieving lifelong health. For a range of reasons, not everyone sleeps well – and extended periods of disrupted sleep may have long-term effects on health, growth and development.

Members of the community are invited to attend the forum at the new Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building, in Adelaide's west end biomedical precinct.

Professor David Kennaway (Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide): Sleep, melatonin and children
Dr Tamara Varcoe (Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide): Does working shifts during pregnancy impact upon the developing baby?
Dr Mark Kohler (School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, UniSA): The impact of sleep on daytime psychological performance in children
Dr Kate Bartel (Child and Adolescent Sleep Clinic, Flinders University): Protective and risk factors for adolescent sleep.

This free public event is hosted by the University of Adelaide's Robinson Research Institute and Healthy Development Adelaide.

WHAT: Good Sleep Matters – free public forum
WHERE: G030 lecture theatre, Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences Building, University of Adelaide 57 North Terrace, Adelaide
WHEN: 5.30-7.30pm, Wednesday 26 July 2017
COST: Free and open to all – please register.


Contact Details

Professor David Kennaway
Email: david.kennaway@adelaide.edu.au
Website: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/david.kennaway
Senior Research Fellow
Robinson Research Institute
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 4090
Mobile: +61 (0)414 700 931

Mr David Ellis
Email: david.ellis@adelaide.edu.au
Website: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/newsroom/
Deputy Director, Media and Corporate Relations
External Relations
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 5414
Mobile: +61 (0)421 612 762