About the UM Center for Sleep Science

 

The University of Michigan Center for Sleep Science is the first independently-funded center of excellence devoted to sleep research and sleep medicine.

GOALS
The main goal of the UM Center for Sleep Science is to advance the knowledge and understanding of the physiology of normal sleep, the diagnosis of sleep disorders and the treatment of sleep problems.

DISCOVERY, CLINICAL CARE, AND EDUCATION
Over 30 faculty from 15 departments comprise the Center for Sleep Science. These faculty's primary interest is sleep and sleep research. With such a large number of talented faculty specializing in sleep, the Center is able to establish programs to help patients with sleep disorders realize better health, productivity, and quality of life.

In addition to promoting discovery and improved care for patients, The Center for Sleep Science also strives to educate both sleep professionals as well as the greater UM community about sleep disorders. A crucial component of this educational mission is a training program for post-doctoral fellows. This Sleep Science Graduate Training program will train a new, interdisciplinary generation of sleep researchers. Many members of the Center participate in teaching an undergraduate course on sleep, the first course of its kind at the University of Michigan.

WHY STUDY SLEEP?
In addition to spending much of our time sleeping, sleep is incredibly important to our functioning as humans. Yet, millions of Americans suffer from sleep problems which can lead to serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, stroke, and even death. Despite the rapid growth in the field of sleep medicine in the last 50 years, much is still not known about sleep and sleep disorders. American medical schools devote few hours to sleep medicine in training physicians. While recognizing recent achievements in sleep medicine, the UM Center for Sleep Science strives to push forward, ultimately filling in the gap in existing knowledge regarding diagnostic and treatment options for sleep disorders.


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