World Sleep Day 2017 – Monash experts for comment Can we really sleep soundly?

World sleep day

For World Sleep Day, Monash University has a number of sleep and circadian experts available for comment on sleep-related topics.

Professor Shantha Rajaratnam, Sleep Program Leader at the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences is available for media interviews relating to World Sleep Day on 17 March.
T: +61 3 9905 3934  M: 0447 535 001 E: Shantha.Rajaratnam@monash.edu

Other experts available for comment on sleep related topics including, insomnia, depression, Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, cognitive decline in the elderly, and improving sleep for those with brain injuries are:

·      Bradley Edwards (sleep apnoea): m: 0402 476 225, e: Bradley.Edwards@monash.edu

·      Clare Anderson (biomarkers of alertness, drowsy driving, cognition and ageing): t: 03 9905 1714, e: Clare.Anderson@monash.edu

·      Sean Drummond (sleep loss and cognition, sleep and mental health - including PTSD and mood disorders, insomnia): t: 03 9905 3956, e: Sean.Drummond@monash.edu

·      Sean Cain (circadian rhythms, learning, and cognition): m: 0467 387 031, e: Sean.Cain@monash.edu

·      Steve Lockley (sleep and circadian expert, scheduling, lighting): m: 0403 501 862, e: slockley@hms.harvard.edu


The slogan for this year’s World Sleep Day on 17 March, “Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life,” seems simple. But, in a world where the pace is quickening and where there are never enough hours in the day, is this ideology actually achievable and just how positive an effect can sound sleep have on our lives?

At the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN), sleep experts are researching sleep and circadian-related issues by focusing on three major areas: the role of the internal biological clock in sleep, sleep disorders - like insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea, and people’s ability to adapt to unusual sleep patterns such as shift work.

About MICCN

The Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN) is the largest Institute of its type in the Asia Pacific, uniting over 200 world-class researchers with cutting-edge research infrastructure. We are dedicated to understanding the brain and mind; specifically in addiction, attention and memory, and sleep. Our research and education programs are delivered in collaboration with clinical and industry partners, and through our Graduate Education and Industry Centre, we are the only research intensive University who offers a program that directly links psychology and neuroscience graduate students to industry.

The MICCN Sleep Program

MICCN's sleep program researchers use a range of methods to develop and test innovative tools to accurately characterise sleep and circadian disturbances. This information is then used to create targeted treatment approaches to improve sleep and therefore the cognitive and mental health outcomes of the population.