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What affects the sleep cycles of teens?

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The interplay between biological and psychosocial factors regulating the sleep cycles of adolescents and the consequent adverse outcomes will be discussed by visiting American academic Professor Mary Carskadon, at Monash University’s Psych Monthly Research Seminar hosted by the University’s Sleep and Circadian Medicine Laboratory.

Professor Carskadon is the Director of Chronobiology and Sleep Research program at Bradley Hospital and Brown University in the US, and has written many scientific papers and received a number of outstanding achievement awards for her work in the field of sleep and circadian science, particularly in adolescents.

Her talk ‘Adolescent Sleep: intersection of circadian biology and lifestyle demands’ will discuss the biological, social and environmental factors causing poor sleep in adolescents, and the adverse impact on behavioural outcomes, including poor academic performance.

Dr Clare Anderson from the School of Psychological Sciences and part of the Sleep and Circadian Medicine Laboratory stressed the importance of Professor Carskadon’s talk.

“Insufficient sleep is particularly problematic in adolescents, and has a wide range of adverse consequences including substance abuse, suicide ideation, anxiety and depression, poor academic outcomes, and drowsy driving risk,” Dr Anderson said.

“With the advent of light emitting devices, such as iPads, bedrooms equipped with numerous sleep-disturbing technologies, and 24-7 access to social media, the issue will only become larger without intervention.”

Monash University is a key participant in the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Alertness, Safety and Productivity, of which the host researchers at the Sleep and Circadian Medicine Laboratory are part of. The CRC builds on Australia’s strengths in sleep and alertness research by bringing together expert knowledge, state of the art technologies, and key industry and academic partners to reduce the burden of poor sleep and reduced alertness on safety, health and productivity of Australians. 

For more information on the seminar and others held by the School of Psychological Sciences, visit the School of Psychological Sciences Psych Research Seminars page.

‘Adolescent Sleep: intersection of circadian biology and lifestyle demands’ will be held 4-5pm, 26 February 2014 at Building 17, Level 6, Colloquium room 653, Monash Clayton campus


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