The SAGE Research Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University is directed by Joseph Dzierzewski, Ph.D., and includes doctoral students, undergraduate students and research support staff all devoted to the study of sleep and age-related phenomena. In terms of sleep, the lab investigates aspects of normal sleep, insomnia and sleep apnea. We aim to learn more about how sleep impacts important aspects of life, including: mood, pain, physical activity and cognitive functioning. The lab is interested in identifying potential biological mechanisms, such as inflammation, that may link sleep and these important outcomes. We also explore methods to improve disturbed sleep in individuals with insomnia and/or sleep apnea. With regard to age-related phenomena, the lab’s focus is on late-life cognitive functioning. Specifically, we aim to identify and intervene on modifiable targets (like sleep) for cognitive dysfunction in older adults. In general, the research conducted in the SAGE Research Lab involves both basic and applied science, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of older adults.

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A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”
- Irish Proverb