Le Sommeil : Clé De Votre Succès Et D'une Meilleure Santé.

Chercheurs-boursiers- Junior 2 | Concours 2012-2013


Reut Gruber

Institut universitaire en santé mentale Douglas

 

Domaine : Santé de la mère, des enfants et des adolescents 

 Increasing evidence indicates that sleep has beneficial effects on learning, memory, health, and academic success. Conversely, fatigue and insufficient sleep negatively affect these life domains, each of which must function well to ensure optimal development. However, a considerable proportion of children and adolescents do not achieve adequate sleep, in terms of either quantity or quality [15-18]. Clinical studies strongly suggest that poor sleep is implicated in the development and persistence of very prevalent childhood disorders affecting youth mental (e.g.,attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder [ADHD]and physical (e.g., obesity) health. Appropriate use of such knowledge may significantly improve youth performance and health. However, the mechanisms that underlie the associations mentioned above remain unclear and extensive translation of available knowledge for the benefit of Canadian youth is currently lacking. This is important, because it is likely that a key means of using existing information to improve the health and success of children is being overlooked. Thus, the objectives of my research program are to fill these knowledge gaps, by examining the mechanisms underlying the associations between sleep on the one hand, and cognition and health in youth, on the other; and by developing a means whereby such knowledge can be used to improve the health and learning capacity of young persons. I accomplish my goals by pursuing studies aimed at an understanding of mechanisms underlying the interplay between sleep and physical and mental health, by building on my understanding of sleep mechanisms to develop evidence-based therapeutic strategies tackling clinical problems, and by transforming knowledge on sleep into effective action.