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Professors Ralph Lydic and Helen Baghdoyan constructed the Sleep: Neurology, Medicine and Society MOOC to provide a course that delves into the relationship between sleep, mental health, and learning. This MOOC showcases the topic of sleep as an ideal vehicle for teaching neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, pharmacology, physiology and cognitive neuroscience. The course is structured to allow anyone who is interested in the topic of sleep to benefit, but also to provide more in-depth information intended for medical professionals. Through this approach, Professors Lydic and Baghdoyan provide a wide range of learners with an understanding of the implications of sleep deprivation, sleep altering substances, wakefulness and how sleep can alter physiology. From the course, learners gain greater insight into the role sleep plays on a personal, biological and societal level throughout the world. The information gleaned from this course provides learners with foundational knowledge to appreciate the importance of sleep as a fundamental biological need regardless of culture, nationality or background.