Sleep Studies in typical and atypical development
- Dagmara Dimitriou, UCL Institute of Education - London (UK)
Scientific Coordinator: Gianluca Esposito
There is now substantial scientific evidence that sleep has an impact on daytime behaviour and cognitive functioning. Sleep patterns change across our developmental trajectory; hence one important question is posed here. How can sleep enhance one’s learning and improve daytime functioning? The impact of a good night sleep might not only have a direct impact on the child but family and whole school. In this talk, I will review some of our key research using multimodal designs when considering health/environmental status as well as cultural and economic diversity of the society. I will also discuss the current recommendations and new sleep technology for assessment of sleep disorders.
Prof. Dimitriou’s main research interest is in sleep disorders, mental health and how these relate to learning and behaviour in general population and individuals with developmental disorders such as Autism, Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome and ADHD. She is directing the Sleep Education and Research Laboratory (SERL) at the UCL – Institute of Education.