"Wake up to sleep": A free public lecture on sleep and health

Professor Colin Espie, Director of the University of Glasgow Sleep Centre, is giving a free public lecture entitled 'Wake Up to Sleep: The importance of sleep to our health and well-being' in Birmingham on 30 November 2011. The lecture will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Birmingham city centre, staring at 6 p.m.

The lecture open to all, but please send us an email if you are intending to come along. We are not allocating seats for the lecture, so please come along in good time if you can.

"We take sleep for granted - until it goes away," says Professor Espie, who is an internationally recognised expert in the field. "If you cannot sleep then you cannot function."

He has published over 250 scientific works and three textbooks on insomnia. He is deputy editor for the Journal of Sleep Research, the official journal of the European Sleep Research Society, and associate editor of SLEEP, the official journal of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Behavioural Sleep Medicine and is chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Sleep Research Society. He also chairs the Insomnia Special Interest Group of the World Sleep Federation.

Professor Espie is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is Chartered as a clinical and a health psychologist. He has held, or currently holds, visiting professorial appointments in Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia.

His interest in the subject of sleep when he was working as a newly qualified clinical psychologist in Lanarkshire he met a GP who thanked him for helping so many of his patients, before adding: “Can you not do anything for these folk who can’t sleep?”

Professor Espie's lecture takes place on the eve of the Annual Conference of our Division of Clinical Psychology, which is also being held in Birmingham. At that conference he will be chairing a symposium on sleep, and one of the participants in that symposium is Professor Allison Harvey from the University of California,

On 29 November 2011 Professor Harvey is leading a CPD workshop for psychologists under the title Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Trans-Diagnostic Sleep Problems. The workshop takes place at the Society's London offices.