Yale Alumni College Fall 2015 - New Haven Meir Kryger

The Mystery of Sleep

Meir Kryger MD, Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary) and Clinical Professor of Nursing   

Mondays, October 5 – November 16, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, no class October 12

Location: Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Course Description:

We sleep about a third of every day. For most of us that will be 20 to 30 years of our total time on Earth. All living things, from viruses, to cells, to insects, to reptiles, to birds to animals have periods each day when they are active and when they are inactive. Is sleep a waste of time when we could be productive? Is it a time when we are resting and safe? Do our dreams and sleep take us into other worlds? Are these worlds wonderful or dangerous? Why are artists fascinated by sleep? Why are scientists and physicians fascinated by sleep? Why are you fascinated by sleep? What are sleep disorders and why can they be so distressing and even deadly? What can we do to treat these disorders? This seminar series will attempt answer all these questions and to cover all these topics and unravel the mystery of sleep.


Meir Kryger, MD, is a professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine who has been treating patients with sleep disorders for over 30 years. He is chief editor of the most widely used textbook used in sleep medicine, The Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, which is currently in its fifth edition. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. He has written about sleep disorders, particularly obstructive sleep apnea, in women and was the author of A Woman’s Guide to Sleep Disorders. His latest eBook, The iGuide to Sleep contains extensive information about sleep problems. He has served as President of both the Canadian Sleep Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and is on the Board of Directors of the National Sleep Foundation, having served as its chair. He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Sleep Society in 2011, and the Mary Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award from the Sleep Research Society in 2013. www.Sleep.sharepont.com