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Sleep and the Role of the Internal Clock at next UT Science Forum

sleep-and-the-role-of-the-internal-clock-theresa-leeHave you ever lived with a baby, a teenager or the very elderly? If so, you know that sleep patterns differ across our lifespans. You might have also noticed the individual variation at the same age in preferred sleep times, which is often described as “larks and owls.”

Dr. Theresa Lee, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Psychology, will present “Tick Tock: Sleep Across the Lifespan and the role of the Internal Clock” at the next UT Science Forum February, 21, 2014.

What controls the timing and amount of sleep? Why is there such variation across the lifespan? What does normal sleep look like at different ages and in different individuals at the same age? 

Dr. Lee will provide some background on the biology of sleep control and describe some research from humans and other species that helps explain the great variation within a lifetime of sleep and what is “normal.”

Join us Friday, Feb. 21 in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D, at 12 p.m. for our weekly Science Forum. A Q&A session will follow the 40-minute presentation. The UT Science Forum is free and open to the public.

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