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Sleep during the Pandemic

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Event Time

July 18th, 2020 | Saturday
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm China Standard Time (CST)
July 18th, 2020 | Saturday
8:00 am - 9:30 am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Participating Format

Registration is required to obtain a ZOOM Conference access link, which will be sent to your registration email or phone shortly. Please enter ZOOM room 15 minutes before the starting time. When the room is full, latecomers will not be able to access the ZOOM conference.

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Attention: Recording (audiotaping or videotaping) during the event is not allowed.


The language of the event will be English.

The Event

Even under normal circumstances, many people struggle to get good sleep. With the global coronavirus pandemic, stress and anxiety has increased, routines have been upended, schedules disrupted, and people are not getting enough exercise or sunlight. All these factors have combined to exacerbate what was already an ongoing public health pandemic of sleepiness in the modern world.

We spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping, yet we understand so little about this vital function in our lives. Luckily, there have been tremendous advances in understanding the neurobiology and functions of sleep in the past century.

Dr. Meir Kryger, a physician and professor at Yale who is a noted global authority on sleep, will discuss the importance of sleep and explain why modern society’s collective sleep deprivation was already a public health issue before the pandemic. He’ll describe the impact of the pandemic on sleep and also offer ways to improve your quality of sleep during these stressful times.

The Speaker


Meir Kryger
Professor of Medicine, Yale University

Meir Kryger MD, a professor at Yale, has been treating patients with sleep disorders for over 40 years. He described the first case of sleep apnea in North America. The chief editor of the most widely used sleep medicine textbook, Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, Dr. Kryger has published more than 200 peer reviewed articles. A frequent guest on BBC radio, he has also appeared on CNN and Good Morning America, and has been interviewed by print media including The New York Times and Reader’s Digest.

His book The Mystery of Sleep was featured in an article in The New Yorker, while his other book Sleep in Art explores how artists look at sleep. He has been president of the Canadian Sleep Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Chair of the National Sleep Foundation, and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Sleep Society and the National Sleep Foundation. He teaches the course Mystery of Sleep at Yale.

Yale Starlight Science Series

Bringing discovery from Yale to China, hosted by Yale Center Beijing

The Yale Starlight Science Series will bring outstanding science faculty from Yale University to China to present their latest research, and engage with audiences on related topics of interest. Please join us to explore the latest breakthroughs in scientific frontiers, and what relevance they hold for the future!

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