What Faculty and Students Need to Know About How Sleep Impacts Health, Learning and Memory

Opening Plenary Session of the 2018 Lilly Session presented by Terry Doyle.

There have been over 17,000 studies done on issues related to why humans sleep. These studies have primarily focused on understanding why humans sleep at all and the impact sleep has on our health, our ability to learn, and our ability to form memories. These studies reveal that getting enough sleep is not just a good idea, but crucial to staying healthy, being prepared to learn, and forming memories for what we learn. In this presentation I will share the key elements from the research that explain the effects sleep has on our health both daily and long term, how sleep impacts the brain's ability to learn new things, and how memories are made during sleep. When looking for an explanation as to why so many students struggle in college, we may want to start with their sleep habits.

TERRY DOYLE is an author, nationally recognized educational consultant, and Professor Emeritus from Ferris State University, where he worked for 38 years. From 1998 to 2009, Terry served as the Senior Instructor for Faculty Development and Coordinator of the New to Ferris Faculty Transition Program for the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at Ferris State. Terry has given workshops and keynote addresses at 100 regional, national, and international conferences since 2000. During the past 10 years, he has worked with faculty in Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, South Korea, Canada, and at 200 different colleges and universities across the United States on ways to develop a learner-centered approach to teaching. His newest book, published in August 2013 and co-authored with Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, is titled The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with your Brain and is written for college and high school students. It has been described as breaking new ground in helping students understand how learning happens and suggests a new paradigm for how students should prepare themselves for learning. The book was a finalist for the 2013 USA Best Book Award in the category of Education/Academics. Terry and Todd are working on a new book for college teachers titled Engaging Students in the Learning Process: Understanding How Research Is (or should be) Revolutionizing the Way We Teach.

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