The importance of circadian rhythms (RCPsych Congress 2017)


Sleep – why is it important? In this podcast, Professor Russell Grant Foster talks to Dr Raj Persaud regarding his presentation at the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ International Congress 2017 addressing this question. This podcast explores the regulation and significance of circadian rhythms, as well as the health risks associated with lack of sleep.


Date published: 15 September 2017

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Russell Grant Foster

Audio running time: 27 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the evolution of sleep, as well as gaining an increased understanding of the science of sleep


  • the importance of sleep for optimum performance and wellbeing


  • the health risks associated with sleep disruption


  • how to achieve reasonable sleep and improve sleep


  • sleep as a metric of overall brain health.


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