The 2-year Sleep School organized jointly by the Universities of Helsinki and Turku, in co-operation with Nordic experts, will provide overview and practical tools for phycisians, nurses, psychologists and researchers in the field of sleep medicine and sleep research. CME credits will be applied from the Universities of Helsinki and Turku.

The course combines high quality expertises in sleep research (Sleepwell research program at Helsinki University Medical Faculty) and clinical sleep medicine (Sleep and Breathing Centre at the Turku University Hospital). The teachers are internationally recognized experts on their respective fields, and experienced educatiors.The curriculum has been created and evaluated in reference with the recommendations of the EACCME.

Aims of the course: The course “Sleep medicine” will provide the participants overview on sleep medicine and practical tools for professionals and students in the field.

Target audience: Medical doctors, nurses, psychologists and other health care professionals working in fields where patients have sleep problems, as well as students and researchers of these fields.

Methods: The course is an e-learning course. The lectures will be offered through Zoom (please, see below).

Schedule: The lectures will be given once a month on Wednesday at 16.00-18.00 EEST:

Finland, Estonia, Lithuania  at 16.00-18.00 (Eastern European time)
Sweden, Norway, Denmark  at 15.00-17.00 (Central European time)    
Iceland  at 14.00-15.00 (Greenwich mean time)

  • The lessons during year 2021 will cover the basic aspects of sleep and circadian rhythm physiology. The rest of the course is dedicated to the different aspects of sleep pathologies and  conducts of sleep medicine.
  • Time allocated for each presentation is 60 min. Legal aspects included in presentations when applicaple.
  • The course is free of charge and open to those interested in sleep medicine. There is no need to register for the course.
  • No exams. Upon request, you will receive a certificate of attendance in the end of the semester if you have attended the lectures. Please rename yourself in Zoom with first name + last name (do not use nickname/user ID/student number/just first name). 

If you have further questions, please contact: Tiina Härkönen at

Welcome to the course!


Curriculum autumn term 2021

September 15th at 16.00-18.00 (EEST)

1. Neurophysiology and neurobiology of sleep. Adj. prof. Tarja Stenberg
2. Circadian rhythms. Adj. prof. Tarja Stenberg

October 20th at 16.00-18.00 (EEST)

3. Control of sleep and wakefulness. Adj. prof. Tarja Stenberg
4. Theories on the function of sleep; Sleep, learning and memory. PhD Henna-Kaisa Wigren

November 10th at 16.00-18.00 (EET)

5. Effects of sleep and  acute and chronic sleep deprivation on bodily functions. Adj. prof. Tarja Stenberg
6. Genetics of sleep. Prof. Tiina Paunio

December 8th at 16.00-18.00 (EET)

7. Sleep development in early childhood. MD, PhD Outi Saarenpää-Heikkilä 
8. Role of sleep as co-morbidity in different pathologies. MD, PhD Salla Lamusuo


Sleepwell program offers a web course on basic sleep and circadian rhythm mechanism for students at the University of Helsinki.

This course offers basic knowledge of sleep and circadian rhythms.  It will address the neurobiological mechanism of brain oscillations during waking and sleep, as well as the brain areas and neurotransmitters that regulate sleep and circadian rhythms. Understanding of these basic features of sleep helps gaining understanding of the multitude of sleep-related physiological changes and conditions. The course also assess questions like why we have to sleep, what are the consequences of sleep deprivation and how sleep affects physiological functions of the body and brain, including learning and memory.

This is a web-based course that students can attend at their convenience, and for examination to obtain credits, prescribe examination at Examinarium facility.

The course consists of 15-20 min videos on twenty topics. Each topic includes a reading recommendation and a quiz of 10 questions.

Information for students:

Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology web course, 2,5 credits (MED-TOU11) consists of teaching videos and a selection of review articles on the nineteen topics of the course. The easiest way is to start with the video, if available, and then study the article, and complete the entity by taking the quiz. The questions are aimed to guide the studies, and to prepare for the final test.

The course and Examinarium exam can be completed until May 29th, 2022.

Exam visit

You can take your own university’s exam in another university’s Exam room.

More information:

Henna-Kaisa Wigren
Tiina Härkönen