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Sleep and Health

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2020/21

Module Code:


Module Name:

Sleep and Health

Module Credits (CATS):


Module Convener

Nicole Tang

Module Teachers

Module Aims

The complex links between sleep and mental and physical health will be examined. The role of psychology in the understanding and treatment of chronic insomnia will be introduced.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts for the study of sleep and insomnia

  • demonstrate knowledge of the epidemiology of sleep disturbance and its impact on human performance

  • critically evaluate the reciprocal relationship of sleep with physical and mental health

  • conceptualise chronic insomnia with psychological theories and evaluate the treatment options available for adults with chronic insomnia

  • demonstrate an awareness of sleep as a public health issue

Assessed by:

Assessed essay, assessed infographics and exam

Module Work Load

Module Length

12 weeks


One (2-hour) lecture per week


One small-group teaching/experiential learning per week. Please note that some seminars are between 1 and 2 hours.


Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory

Module Assessment

Assessed work:







Module Programme

Basic principles and concepts of sleep

Scientific measurements of sleep

Epidemiology of sleep disturbance

Sleep and performance

Sleep and physical health

Sleep and mental health

Topical lecture

Chronic insomnia – characteristics and diagnosis

Chronic insomnia – phenomenon and psychological theories

Chronic insomnia – treatment options

Revision & video presentations

Revision & video presentations

Module Reading List

Morin, C.M. & Espie, C. (Eds). (2012). The Oxford Handbook of Sleep and Sleep Disorders. Oxford: Oxford University Press. • Cappuccio, F.P., Miller, M.A., & Lockley, S.W. (Eds). (2018). Sleep, Health, and Society: From Aetiology to Public Health. Oxford: Oxford University Press. • Moorcroft, W.H. (2013). Understanding Sleep and Dreaming (2nd Ed.). New York: Springer. • Lockley, S.W. & Foster, R. (2012). Sleep: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.