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Sleep Scientist

Sleep medicine has a well-established research base. World-renowned scientists continue to explore new concepts in the sleep research field. They study animals and humans to explore the mystery of why we sleep. They identify the causes and risk factors for sleep disorders. They analyze data to detect trends in societal norms and disease prevalence. They also develop new treatments for sleep disorders.

Sleep affects nearly every aspect of the human body. So the study of sleep is wide-reaching. Sleep scientists have a variety of interests. These include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Endocrinology
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Psychology

Sleep scientists work in a laboratory or sleep center. Typically this is located at a university or hospital. They also may be a university professor.

Typical Path of Education

  1. Bachelor's degree
  2. Doctorate (PhD)
  3. Postdoctoral fellowship

Professional Organization

Sleep Research Society

Classroom Tools

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