Russia 2020: Russian Society of Somnologists; Almazov National Medical Research Centre (Somnology group), with the help of Museum of Health (St Petersburg)

Delegate: Lyudmila Korostovtseva and Mikhail Bochkarev

Affiliations: Russian Society of Somnologists; Almazov National Medical Research Centre (Somnology group), with the help of Museum of Health (St Petersburg)

Activity: Together with the team of Museum of Health in St Petersburg, an exhibition “About Sleep” was organized and opened on 13 March 2020. The exhibition attracted many visitors (during first three days over 300 people visited the Museum) and was opened till the end of March 2020, when it was temporarily closed for visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic but planned lectures were held online and information materials could be also accessed online. For the exhibition special posters and materials (telling about sleep, sleep disorders, and rules of healthy sleep) were developed and published. All visitors got pocket booklet with 10 Commandments of healthy sleep as well as a brochure about lullabies.
The exhibition included several parts: 1) lullaby-related part, where the visitors could listen to the lullabies from different regions of Russia, to know more about traditions of lullabies and other sleep-related rituals; 2) medical and informative part where the visitors could get some medical information presented in a popular manner about sleep, sleep stages, etc.; as well as several interactive tests (reaction rate, myths about sleep etc.); 3) sleep-related technology part, where the visitors could see and try different devices which are used to improve sleep quality and sleep-wakefulness cycle and to treat some sleep disorders (lamps, robots, pillows, CPAP-machines, oral appliances, light therapy glasses).

Within the exhibition a series of popular lectures were held and included the following topics: “Sleep, stress and cardiovascular health” (Lyudmila Korostovtseva, MD, PhD), “Lullabies: psychophysiologist’s point of view” (Valeria Kemstach), “Dreams and discoveries” (Victoria Gordievskaya), “How to manage biological rhythms” (Mikhail Bochkarev, MD, PhD), “How to manage sleepiness” (Sofia Osipenko). After the exhibition was closed due to the pandemic, the lectures were continued virtually.

The exhibition attracted different media who published a lot of reports (, in particular, giving attention to the immune role of sleep mentioned in the lectures and in the interviews.

Our team would like to thank all the people who helped and supported the initiative and the events: our colleagues Valeria Kemstach (psychophysiologist), Sofia Osipenko (MD), Victoria Gordievskaya (psychoanalytic), The Museum of Health (Director – Anastasia Tanicheva) and all the people who participated in the organization – Mikhail Listopadov, Elena Rastyagaeva, Sofia Akimova, Nina Arkalova, Daniil Vyatkin, Bulat Sharipov, Mark Kalinin, Daria Lvova, Galina Chernyshenko, Valentina Rudometova, as well as Museum of anthropology and ethnography n.a. Peter the Great (Kunstkamera) and the companies ASCONA, Unimedica and Pegasi RUS for the given materials.

Location: St Petersburg, Russia

Date of Activity: 13 March 2020

Submitted By: Lyudmila Korostovtseva