Adolescence Childhood

The importance of sleep for children & teenagers

Expert: Dr Anna Joyce
Masterclass structure: 23 lessons (36:17 minutes)

About this class

Sleep is the keystone of our wellbeing and it is fundamental for children’s development. However, the saying ‘I will sleep when I am dead’ seems to have become a mantra for many people. In this masterclass, Dr Anna Joyce explains why it is fundamental for our children to sleep, and to sleep well! This masterclass is recommended for every single one of us.


About the expert

Dr Anna Joyce is an Assistant Professor in Psychology, specialising in sleep and atypical development. Her researcher focuses on sleep and cognition in typical and atypical development, and the impact of sleep problems on children’s cognition and behaviour. She is especially interested in cognitive development in children with developmental disorders and whether sleep problems which are common in these children could be at least partly responsible for some of the cognitives difficulties they face. She conducts research in aytpical groups, including Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, Autism and intellectual disability.

Anna is a chartered psychologist and an honorary lecturer at UCL. She has previously held research and clinical roles at Coventry University and Evelina London, St Thomas’ Hospital.

Lessons in this class

23 Lessons (36:17min)
The complete masterclass 35:31
1. Lesson - Meet your expert 0:52
2. Lesson - Are we sleeping less or worse than we used to? 1:18
3. Lesson - Sleep and mental health 1:53
4. Lesson - Sleep and memory consolidation 1:12
5. Lesson - Sleep and cognitive abilities 2:13
6. Lesson - Sleep and wellbeing 2:40
7. Lesson - Sleep and obesity 1:52
8. Lesson - Can we recover sleep? 1:34
9. Lesson - Siesta: Good idea? 1:26
10. Lesson - Aging and sleep 1:06
11. Lesson - Good and bad sleepers: Why? 1:07
12. Lesson - Sleep and screens 1:58
13. Lesson - Sleep and attention 1:39
14. Lesson - Sleep and physical growth 1:05
15. Lesson - Sleep and diabetes 1:16
16. Lesson - Sleep in neurodivergent children 3:41
17. Lesson - Sleep and "brain cleaning" 1:27
18. Lesson - Sleep and physical exercise 2:03
19. Lesson - Sleep and the immune system 1:32
20. Lesson - Waking up tired 0:48
21. Lesson - Should parents worry if their kids are not sleeping enough? 1:01
22. Lesson - I will sleep when I am dead 1:44
23. Lesson - Take home message 0:50

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