The Wits Sleep Laboratory is part of the Brain Function Research Group, School of Physiology and is the only dedicated sleep research unit in Southern Africa.
Founded in 1985 with a start-up 10-year sponsorship from a bedding manufacturer, Edblo (Africa), the Sleep Lab is equipped with 3 instrumented bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen as well as a large living area to improve the comfort of subjects. In addition to the computerised digital electroencephalograph (EEG), used to record sleep patterns, the Sleep Lab has facilities for measuring body temperature, metabolic rate, reaction times, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, circadian rhythms, and to complete jetlag/shiftwork experiments. It is adjacent to a well-equipped human Exercise Research Laboratory and has access to a climatic chamber.
The Wits Sleep Laboratory is a research entity investigating the nature and function of sleep. The staff does not carry out clinical consultations, however, they are happy to diffuse knowledge of sleep disorders.
- Sleep, circadian rhythms and immune function
- The relationship between sleep and pain
- Sleep and exercise performance
- Restless legs syndrome
For more information on the research activities in the Wits Sleep Laboratory, contact Dr Karine Scheuermaier (Karine.Scheuermaier@wits.ac.za)