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Triple S: Sleep? Do we really need it?


Admission requirements

Admitted to the Honours College FSW program.


The Short Science & Society, or Triple S are made up of short thematic courses. In interactive meetings the designated theme is discussed with researchers from various scientific disciplines, as well as with guest speakers from major societal institutions.

A large part of our life we spent sleeping. In this course we explore this very interesting phenomenon. What is sleep? Is sleep useful? Do people experience problems with sleeping? Does sleep deprivation affect health, cognition and emotional functioning in children and adults? And if so what are the consequences for society? We will also discuss whether there is a relationship between sleep disorders or sleep problems and mental health problems such as ADHD, autism, depression

Course objectives

The main objective of this course is to develop an understanding of, and gain insight into the phenomenon sleep.


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Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

  • Research

Assessment method

a. During the course you will collect data about your own sleep behaviour using a Sleep Diary. You will summarize the data and formulate an opinion on your sleep behaviour based on the data.
b. After studying the research literature you will write an essay on one of the topics mentioned below.
Topics: sleep regulatory processes; sleep duration; sleep quality; effects of sleep on learning; effects of sleep on well being; sleep disorders; sleep disorders treatment

Reading list

Additional literature will be announced on Blackboard.


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Mw. Dr. M.J.A.J. Verhallen.


Number of maximum participants is 25. The course is in English. Assignments may be written in English or in Dutch.