Bon Jovi sang “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”, a self-fulfilling prophecy if ever there were one. There is a worldwide epidemic of people getting insufficient sleep. This talk will introduce what normal sleep is, and focus on some of the most common reasons for poor sleep.
Discussion will then turn to the psychological effects of poor-quality or insufficient sleep, with a particular emphasis on memory and thinking skills, and mental health.
Professor Bucks started her clinical and academic life in the UK where she trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Birmingham, before specializing in Clinical Neuropsychology. Not content with two degrees, she pursued a PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychology from the University of Bristol. She spent many years in the UK, working in the National Health Service in the diagnosis and management of dementia, before coming to Perth for some sun.
Her research focusses on normal ageing and on degenerative conditions, with a keen interest in identification of risk factors for cognitive decline, such as sleep disorders. Much of her work has been in obstructive sleep apnoea and in sleep dysfunction in older people.