Sick and Tired: the impact of sleep on health through the lens of psychoneuroimmunology
Aric Prather, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of California - San Francisco
Monday, April 6th
Abstract: Growing evidence demonstrates that sleep plays an important, though often unmeasured, role in health and
well being. Innovations in psychoneuroimmunology are beginning to illuminate the biological mechanisms through which
restorative sleep bolsters health and sleep deficits increase one’s susceptibility to a cadre of age related illnesses. The
goals of this presentation are to highlight the intimate connections between sleep and physical health, illustrate how sleep
may modulate the influence of stress and emotion on immune function, and highlight preliminary intervention effects that
underscore the need to address the sleep-stress nexus in the context of physical health.