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2011 Seminar Series

Speaker: Mrs Marta Jackowska

Title: ‘The relationship between sleep, well-being, and health-related biological function’

Date & Time: Friday 15th April

Venue: G37 & G38


Disrupted and restricted sleep are highly prevalent phenomena in the modern society that pose a serious public health burden.  For example, sleep loss and disturbance have been implicated in obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Prospective population-based studies have established that short sleep duration predicts all-cause mortality and cardiovascular mortality as well.  Mood and cognitive impairments as well as decreased quality of life have also been found to be associated with sleep loss and disturbance.  Despite the growing awareness of the adverse consequences of poor sleep on human health many areas of the sleep literature are unexplored.  In particular, the mechanisms translating abnormal sleep patterns into ill health remain poorly understood.  On the other hand, emerging evidence suggests that optimal sleep might promote favourable biological and psychological profiles, yet the protective role of sleep on human health and well-being received little attention to date.  This is particularly relevant for older age cohorts where the accumulation of risk factors might increase the risk of mortality and morbidity.

The overall aim of Marta’s PhD is, therefore, to explore the relationship between sleep, health-related biology, and well-being, with a particular focus on ageing.  The thesis will use a range of methods of investigation, including studies of sleep and biological parameters recorded under naturalistic conditions, analyses of large scale population-based data, and experimental interventions on the impact of modifying well-being on sleep. 

Marta was awarded a first class honours for her BSc degree in Psychology at Roehampton University in 2007, which was then followed by an MSc in Health Psychology at UCL. After completion of her MSc course in 2008 Marta worked for a year at UCL Health Behaviour Research Centre, which is directed by Professor Jane Wardle.   Marta’s research interests lie in the field of health psychology, and in particular in the factors that promote well-being in older age. Marta’s interest in ageing has been triggered by her voluntary work for the Alzheimer’s Society, and by her undergraduate research project which explored the relationships between optimism, health behaviours and healthy ageing.

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