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Bergen Stress and Sleep Group, BSSG

Leader:
Associate Professor Janne Grønli  
Department of Biological and Medical Psychology.
 

We all experience stress in our lives, whether it is brought on by our jobs, our personal lives or even just standing in traffic jam. Stress is inevitable and can impact our lives in many ways. In general, stress is good for us. But sometimes it can take a serious toll on our everyday functions — especially disturbing our sleep, circadian rhythms and our brains’ ability to adapt to the environment

 

 

The main research focus of Bergen Stress and Sleep Group is
- the role of stress in physiological and psychological recovery
- causes of disturbed sleep and circadian rhythm (especially shift work and light exposure)
- measurement of sleep quality and circadian rhythms
- effects of acute and chronic stressors in different stages in life- on wakefulness, sleep and circadian rhythms
- the relationship between stress, sleep and mental health (affective disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder),
 

Our approach is essentially translational, we use clinical and human data in forming our animal model research, and vice versa. This allows us to study biological and psychological consequences after shiftwork, in affective disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder, in the human population and potential animal models thereof which allow identification of potential markers for risk. In these endeavors, we collaborate with partners at the local, national and international levels.

News

When night becomes day- NRK viten og vilje TV programme

In this TV programme Janne Grønli, Erlend Sunde and Torhild Pedersen talk about simulating night shifts, both in the human and animal laboratories.

New publication

Life Threat and Sleep Disturbances in Adolescents

The study shows that many of the survivors developed long-term sleep disturbances after the terror attack on Utøya 2011. There was also a correlation between sleep disturbances and psychiatric diagnosis.

New publication

Simulated night shift work affects protein synthesis in the brain

New publication from Bergen Stress and Sleep Group.

Award

Prestigious APA award to Bruce Overmier and Robert Murison

The American Psychological Association has awarded Bruce Overmier and Robert Murison with the George A. Miller Award for an Outstanding Recent Article on General Psychology.

Summer school

Circadian Rhythms and Sleep

Humans spend roughly one-third of their lives asleep. The aim of the course is to provide knowledge of the function that is served by circadian rhythms, sleep and the mechanisms by which circadian disruption and sleep insufficiency degrades mental and physical health, safety and productivity – and...