The Theory, Function and Physiology of Sleep

Online Course: The Theory, Function and Physiology of Sleep

What is sleep and why do we need it for our health

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Presented by:

Dale Whelehan

Chartered Physiotherapist and PhD candidate in surgical performance and the influence of sleep deprivation

1-1.5 hours

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Sleep is an important part of our daily routine and we spend about a third of our time sleeping. Quality sleep is vital for good health and optimal function in our professional capacity. But what is sleep? Why do we need sleep and what are the physiological processes involved in sleep? Dale Whelehan discusses these topics in this first course of a three-part series on sleep.


This course aims to provide an overview of the theories of sleep, the function of sleep and the physiology of sleep.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.

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