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Sleep: Brain, Body, and Behavior

Week of July 6, 2024

Sleep: Science and Strategy
Sleep is a key factor in our cognitive, emotional, and physical wellbeing.  Demystify the science of sleep, why we need it, and what happens if we don’t get it.  Learn the essentials of sleep disorders, how to recognize them, and what to do if you might have one.  Begin to craft your own approach to effective sleep.

Sleep Disorders: What Could Go Wrong?
You know you need to sleep – but sometimes good sleep is hard to get. From sleep apnea to sleep walking, delve into the ways sleep can go wrong, how to recognize it, and what you can do about it. Discover the many ways to treat sleep apnea (spoiler alert – there’s more than CPAP!). Start to find balance in your sleep and wakefulness.

Chasing Sleep: A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Overcoming Insomnia
Trouble sleeping can interfere with life, both night and day, and is almost always treatable – without medication. Learn how to decode sleep struggles, identify your own opportunities for better sleep, and craft a plan to make your sleep work for you.

Sleep and Performance: Strategize Your Sleep to Maximize Physical and Mental Potential
Sleep is your secret weapon in maximizing your physical, mental, and emotional potential. We’ll delve into the science behind the power of sleep and strategize ways to survive and thrive when sleep is hard to come by.  Each participant will leave with a plan for optimizing sleep for their own resilience and performance.


Sarah Zallek, MD, is a sleep neurologist who has been practicing sleep medicine with a mindfulness approach – and teaching sleep with relevance and humor to a wide range of audiences – for more than two decades. She is a professor of neurology at University of Illinois College of Medicine, Medical Director of OSF HealthCare Sleep, and has published numerous papers and book chapters. She has developed and led conferences that integrate mindfulness, art, and science to foster individual wellness and reduce burnout. In addition, she has led the development of a compassion-based communication course that connects individuals to work together toward shared goals. She is a frequent keynote speaker and has given many national and international presentations. Dr. Zallek is a sought-after adviser and presenter for media organizations, including National Public Radio, government agencies, professional societies, educational institutions, and a broad range of businesses.