Does sleep loss affect men and women’s memory differently?

Sleep loss is a major cause of serious, and sometimes fatal, accidents. There is consistent evidence linking poor sleep to road traffic and numerous industrial accidents such as the nuclear explosion at Chernobyl. One reason for this, besides sleep’s importance for concentration and attention, rests on our inability to accurately gauge to what extent sleep…

The BMJ, Big Ben, and Season’s Greetings

I haven’t left you guys – honest. I have decided to focus on making this blog fortnightly, so I can give myself a bit more time to interview scientists more – you know, the exciting stuff I want this blog to be full of! For now, enjoy this Christmas (ish) post. Nothing says Christmas like…

Why we should be logging off from social media well before bedtime

So I am trying to experiment with shorter style articles a little bit. For those lovely people out there reading this, any feedback you have on this short pieces would be much loved!  It is a fact universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a smartphone must be in want of all of…

The Human Microbiome: A Teeming Ecosystem Within Your Own Body

“Why have you stopped speaking about sleep?” “I can have other interests!” “I don’t know man, you’ve changed. Why should I care about anything you have to say now?” “…” What is a microbiome? That’s a very good question. For a start, it’s not some artificial eco-project which is attempting to save the world or…

Can we modify specific stages of sleep to improve our memory?

Our memory is far from perfect. You have probably gone into another room and completely forgot what you went in there for. You stare into space and hope it will come back to you. Was it to pick up keys, tidy something or speak to someone? Nope, it just doesn’t come and you walk back…

Should We Be Napping More?

  “Why don’t you just take a nap if you’re so tired? It’ll probably help and give me a break from your whining…” “I can’t nap! I feel all groggy after a nap. Besides, I find the complaining is helping me through the fatigue” “…” Napping is something which divides opinions. It’s no yeast-based snack…

Can a Lack of Sleep Kill You?

“Have you forgotten so easily?” the subject asked. “We are you. We are the madness that lurks within you all, begging to be free at every moment in your deepest animal mind. We are what you hide from in your beds every night. We are what you sedate into silence and paralysis when you go…

Why Do We Sleep? Keeping Those Pesky Excitable Neurons in Line

“The subject of sleeplessness is once more under public discussion. The hurry and excitement of modern life is quite correctly held to be responsible for much of the insomnia of which we hear: and most of the articles and letters are full of good advice to live more quietly and of platitudes concerning the harmfulness…

Sleep Roundup 12/07/16

So, being the geek that I am I come across lots of interesting sleep talks online and resources which help me with my day to day research. Here’s a roundup of the current sleep talks / podcasts online over this past week or so which grabbed my attention. This may become a regular thing if…

Sleep Trackers: Do They Work?

“I didn’t sleep too well last night, and I felt so groggy this morning” “Stressful day at work?” “No, my stupid SleepApp didn’t work properly and I spent the night trying to get it to play relaxing whale noises. When I did drift off by myself, it didn’t wake me up in between sleep cycles….