Understand sleep science, brain development, and their impact on infants, toddlers, and adults.
Recognize that sleep is as fundamental as nutrition for optimal daytime performance, playing a role in learning capabilities and memory functions.
Identify sleep patterns to manage and promote healthy sleep hygiene.
Break free from sleep myths around the use of pacifiers, transitioning to solid foods, and naps vs. nighttime sleep.
Get your sleep back! There is a lot to know in this new life stage, so understanding the ins and outs before your baby comes may help you set better expectations and stay clear of comparing your baby’s sleep to others.
Dr. Spencer is a highly sought-out leading expert on the relationship between sleep, memory and learning. Her research examines sleep’s function across the lifespan. In particular, her research points to changes in sleep with development and aging and how these changes influence waking cognitive function. She has appeared in publications ranging from the New York Times to PBS, the BBC, Netflix and Glamour magazine.
She leads the Somneurolab at UMass Amherst, where her research team uses a variety of techniques to explore how the brain operates during sleep and how this processing affects daytime cognition.