Sleep wise, sleep EASI

Publication date 19.09.2011

A good night’s sleep is indispensable to function well during the day.

Sleep quality is determined by environmental, psychological, physiological and physical factors. These factors all interact, but in a very complex way. In the strategic basic research (SBO) project ‘Enhancing Activity through Sleep Improvement (EASI-Sleep)’, a multidisciplinary team of researchers from K.U.Leuven, the University of Antwerp and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel under the leadership of Professor Raymond Cluydts is aiming to chart this wide range of quantitative and qualitative factors that influence our sleep.

The results of this research will lead to information campaigns focusing on improving the sleep quality of the population in general.

Various commercial applications will also be developed, ranging from an interactive sleep diary to the active management of our sleeping environment. Improved quality of sleep may well have an enormous effect on the well-being (state of mind, level of activity), welfare (health), performance (alertness) and safety (driving a car, operating machines) of human beings.

This project is supported by the Instituut voor Innovatie door Wetenschap en Technologie (IWT – the Institute for Innovation by Science and Technology), and is being carried out in close cooperation with several social and economic players. This cooperation between research, government and industry is an opportunity to further strengthen the international pioneering role of Flanders in this sector.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Research on physiology & neuropsychology of sleep
(BIPS: research unit of BIological PSychology)

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B-1050 Brussels
Belgium
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[W] www.vub.ac.be/PE

Head: Raymond Cluydts
[E] raymond.cluydts@vub.ac.be