It is only in the last 50 years that scientists and clinicians have embarked on the systematic study of the biology and disorders of sleep. Remarkable advances in the neurophysiology of normal sleep and in circadian biology, the discovery of the genes that regulate these biological rhythms, and recognition of the interactions between sleep and almost all other body systems have emanated from diverse disciplines. This has lead to the evolution of a new clinical field of Sleep Medicine. This broad and diverse intellectual input has created the need for new educational programs to address the workforce requirements of this rapidly expanding research and clinical field.

The Discipline of Sleep Medicine is actively engaged in undergraduate and postgraduate education, drawing on its diverse faculty across the university to provide interdisciplinary programs.