PSYC 343: Sleep and Psychosocial Functioning in Youth

This course is designed to orient students to the fascinating world of sleep and psychosocial functioning. We will briefly explore the architecture of sleep and analyze theoretical explanations for the functions of sleep. The bulk of the course will focus on examining predictors and consequences of sleep in relation to various aspects of psychosocial functioning, including physical health, mental health, interpersonal relationships, technology use, and cognitive functioning. We will also assess the role of sleep in relation to chronotype, as well as explore cultural differences in sleep behaviors. We will examine these associations specifically within the context of late childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood. As part of this course, students will have the opportunity to track their own sleep via an objective sleep monitor and keep a sleep diary for the duration of the course.