11 Aug

Presentation: The Science and Technology of Sleep

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Come hear a presentation on “The Science and Technology of Sleep” from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. in Colorado Springs. Admission is $20 at the door, but FREE IF YOU BRING YOUR SLEEP SHEPHERD!

The CDC calls insufficient sleep America’s newest “public health epidemic,” afflicting more than 70 million people in the U.S. The some 55 million prescriptions written last year alone for sleep meds do not seem to be giving us the wellbeing that only comes from a good night’s sleep. Although we all sleep, we have yet to pin down exactly why we do sleep. Dr. Michael Larson will give an overview of what science currently tells us about sleep and theories as to why we need it. He will also discuss some of the drug-free measures, some more scientific than others, that people employ when they need help getting sufficient sleep. He will give particular emphasis to new smart phone and wearable technologies for aiding sleep, including the Sleep Shepherd.

About our Speaker
Dr. Michael Larson earned his PhD from MIT and is the President of Sleep Shepherd LLC, maker of the innovative Sleep Shepherd. He is also a Professor and El Pomar Endowed Chair of Engineering and Innovation at UCCS. Michael has a passion for creativity and innovation. He co-founded four companies, two based on medical devices he invented. In 2005, New Orleans’ City Business magazine named him “Innovator of the Year” for founding a studio for creative design, a precursor to the award-winning MIND Studios at UCCS which helped more than 100 local businesses and independent inventors with engineering design services. He has garnered six awards for outstanding teaching and been awarded more than $7M in research grants. He has piloted a jet aircraft, steered a nuclear submarine, and can wiggle his ears. One at a time.

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