Protective Effects of Restful Sleep - HP240

A good night's sleep is critical for overall wellbeing. It often impacts how alert, energized and productive we are. Combined with the stresses of everyday life, we can begin to feel lethargic, disengaged and moody when we don't get enough sleep.

In this interactive session, Dr. Smita Naidoo, child and adolescent Psychiatrist and public health professional, will focus on the importance of sleep and its protective effects on overall health.

Participants will:

  • Understand the importance of restful sleep and its impact on wellbeing;
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of burnout;
  • Apply strategies to improve sleep quality; and
  • Implement practical tips to feel better rested.

  • About the facilitator:

    This session will be facilitated by Dr. S. Naidoo (MD, MPH, FRCPC), a child and adolescent Psychiatrist, (BC Children's Hospital and Three Story Clinic) with a background in public health and health literacy. Dr. Naidoo is also the Chief Medical Officer, Author and Co-Founder of a local start-up company, Paper Clouds Project Ltd., which provides evidence based educational tools for youth and the adults in their lives. (The Quest for Rest: Polly & Pickles -

    Dr. Naidoo is a clinical faculty member within UBC's Department of Psychiatry and recently was awarded a Postgraduate Program Teaching Awards, BC Children's hospital in 2017-18.