Video Games Make You Violent? Science Begs To Differ…

Video games are to blame for school shootings – not easy access to guns. I probably don’t need to tell you who said that earlier this year but he is far from alone in that opinion. Scores of vocal critics have spoken out against the tyranny of violent video games and how they are to…

Why Science Outreach and Twitter are Anything but a Waste of Time

A recent Science article claimed that women in science are wasting their time by engaging in science communication, and instead should focus on research to get ahead of male counterparts. The author’s point was that women are not represented fairly within science, and masses of science communication carried out primarily by women should not be seen as…

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…

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…

What Have Fairy Tales Got to Do With Sleep Medicine?

“Fairy tales? That’s the best you could think of to drag people in?” “What’s wrong with it? It’s accurate…” “I dunno man, you used to be all about the science. Now this feels all click-bait territory *shudders*” “…” By fairy tales, I am of course referring to sleeping beauty. Not a champion of feminist thought,…

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…

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…

How Much Sleep Do We Need?

As I start to think about this question, I can feel the inner scientist in me asking a range of questions in response to your first. Sadly, I have a limit to how long my response should be before people start turning off… So, to prevent his becoming a short thesis in itself (or several),…

BBC’s ‘In the Mind’ Series

I haven’t written anything in a little while but hopefully that should be fixed over the next week (workload depending). Anyway, this brief post is a slight departure from the normal foray in sleep and everything related to it. I wanted to bring people’s attention to the series of mental health documentaries, short films and portrayals…