Sleep, Health, and Wellness (SleepWell) lab

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The vision of the Sleep, Health, and Wellness (SleepWell) lab is to prevent chronic conditions and improve people’s health and wellness by helping people sleep better.

We use mobile technology to study sleep/wake behaviors and collaborate with a sleep laboratory for polysomnography. We are focused on using non-pharmacological interventions (such as exercise and CBT-I) to improve sleep quality in a variety of populations, including older adults and people with multiple sclerosis, diabetes, or chronic pain. 

Researchers in the SleepWell lab seek to understand the following:

  1. How sleep impacts function, learning, and overall health in adults with and without neurological conditions.
  2. The interrelationship between sleep and other factors such as fatigue, cognition, and pain.
  3. How addressing sleep issues may prevent or delay the onset of chronic conditions.

Selected Current Projects

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  • Examining which sleep parameters are associated with off-line motor skill learning in individuals following stroke

  • Examining how cognition impacts sleep-dependent off-line motor skill learning in individuals following stroke

  • Assessing the role of sleep in learning a complex motor skill in young, healthy adults

  • Assessing the impact of sleep and age on learning a functional real-life task

  • Analyzing sleep disturbances in individuals with stroke and multiple sclerosis

Select Presentations

  • Sleep Promotes Off-line Enhancement of an Explicitly Learned Discrete but not Continuous Task. Research poster presentation at APTA Combined Section’s Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2011

  • Sleep Promotes Transfer of Learning. Research poster presentation at APTA Combined Section’s Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2010

Poster Presentations

Click to view enlargements of posters Brain Behavior Lab researchers have presented.

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Sleep Enhances Off-line Spatial and Temporal Motor Learning After Stroke

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The Role of Sleep and Knowledge in Motor Skill Learning

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Sleep Enhances Motor Skill Learning and Memory Consolidation in Individuals Post-Stroke