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Sleep and Health

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2019/20

Module Code:


Module Name:

Sleep and Health

Module Credits (CATS):


Module Convener

Nicole Tang

Module Teachers

Nicole Tang & module TA

Module Aims

This module aims to develop students' scientific understanding about sleep and an awareness that sleep is a public health issue. The 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 video and unseen 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, so 2 hours are timetabled.


As per University’s monitoring policy. *Please note that lectures and seminars of this module are meaningfully linked. Contents of both are examinable and do not overlap.

Module Assessment

Assessed work:

One 1500 word essay


Assessed work


Exam: 2 hour unseen exam


Module Reading List

A reading list will be supplied for each lecture/seminar, which will include references to texts and journal articles. This is an advanced research-based module. There is no course textbook; students are expected to read a number of research papers to gain understanding of the topics. The final exam will not only based on lecture slides, but also reading and seminar materials.

The following books are recommended as general references:

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., & Rajaratnam, S. M. W. (Eds). (2018). Sleep, Health, and Society: From Aetiology to Public Health, Second Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Moorcroft, W.H. (2013). Understanding Sleep and Dreaming (2nd Ed.). New York: Springer.