Presentation Will Focus on the Importance of Sleep
Posted April 2, 2002
HOLLAND -- Sleep researcher Dr. James B. Maas of
Cornell University will present the address "Power Sleep and
Peak Performance" at Hope College on Tuesday, April 16, at
11 a.m. in the DeWitt Center main theatre.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
According to Maas, 43 percent of adults are
moderately to severely sleep deprived, causing reduced
concentration, productivity and quality of work, as well as
an increase in moodiness, accidents and stress. He also
notes that healthy sleep has been proven to be the single
most important determinant in predicting longevity, more
influential than diet, exercise or heredity.
His multi-media presentation will examine topics
including why most adults are sleep-deprived; the
consequences for thinking, performance and lifespan; the
importance of the different stages of sleep; the need for
eight hours of sleep per night; whether or not napping is
healthy; and what causes insomnia. He will also present
strategies for sleeping well.
Maas is professor and past chair of the department
of psychology, and the Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
at Cornell University. He teaches introductory psychology
to 1,500 students each year in the nation's largest single
He conducts research on the psychophysiology of
sleep. He has produced nine national television specials
for PBS, and his films have won 42 major film festivals.
His "New York Times" best seller, "Power Sleep," is
published by Random House (hardcover) and Harper Collins
He lectures around the nation. His clients
include the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the World
Presidents Organization (WPO), IBM, Holiday Inns, Eastman
Kodak, Pepsi-Cola, Apple Computer, Caterpillar Tractor,
Seagrams, Cunard Line, S.C. Johnson Wax, Tambrands, The
American and Canadian Societies of Association Executives,
and MCI/Universal Studios. He makes frequent television
appearances on programs such as "NBC Nightly News," "Prime
Time Live," "Today," "Good Morning America," ABC's "20/20"
Maas has held a Fulbright Senior Professorship to
Sweden, has been a visiting professor at Stanford University
and is past-president of the American Psychological
Association's Division on Teaching. He received the Clark
Award for Distinguished Teaching at Cornell and the American
Psychological Association's Distinguished Teaching Award.
He received his B.A. from Williams College, and
his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell.
Maas' presentation at Hope is sponsored by the
college's department of psychology, and co-sponsored by the
Health Dynamics program and department of nursing. While on
campus he will also be speaking during a college-sponsored
breakfast for area business people.
The DeWitt Center is located on Columbia Avenue at