Tuesday, November 29, 2011

U.S. Federal Innovation 40: Better Sleep 

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The Laboratory for Sleep & Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego and the Veterans Affairs (VA) San Diego Healthcare System hospital is dedicated to understanding the effects of sleep and sleep loss on brain function and examining treatments for trauma-related sleep disorders. The laboratory conducts research on the role that sleep, sleep deprivation, and sleep disorders play in daytime function, including cognitive abilities, mental health symptoms, and quality of life. At the VA hospital, Dr. Sean Drummond and Dr. Carla Nappi run an associated clinic where Veterans with sleep disorders (nightmares and insomnia) and Veterans with mood disorders (depression and bipolar) are treated. The clinic delivers a variety of evidence based interventions, including Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT) for nightmares, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression and bipolar, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for depression, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Suicidal Ideation and Suicidal Behavior.

Dr. Drummond's work is featured in the "Brain Without Sleep" e-laboratory to be released by Science Approach this winter.

Source: Laboratory for Sleep and Behavioral Neuroscience

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