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…

Expecting to hallucinate: shedding light on why we hear what’s not there

Did you just hear someone just call your name or did you hear your phone beep at you only to find no notification or message? These are common hallucinatory experiences and understanding these further may learn more about how severe hallucinations work. These strange experiences are not necessarily a sign of psychopathology, but they are…

A Brief Intermission

So, this week’s blog post may seem like a bit of a cop-out, but normal service shall return next week – I promise! I may have another article to share next week which I can shamelessly plaster here too (lucky devils you). In case you hadn’t guessed already I am interested in sleep. I stumbled…

Is Sleep Loss Priming Us to See Food in a Different Light?

We’ve all been there. You’ve had a late night and the following day you find yourself lunging for the chocolate and crisps conveniently located on the office snack table (and don’t tell me you don’t have one). We convince ourselves this is just to get us through the fatigue and mild irritation which comes with…

Juggling sleep with work: what are the long-term effects?

It’s 6am again. The unrelenting tone from your bedside table reminds you it’s time to roll out of your duvet cocoon and get ready to face the working world. You swat your shrieking phone as it gets louder and more persistent. A quick swipe of the screen and you notice the day. It’s Friday. A…

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…

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 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….

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),…

Sleep Snippet: Why Bother Even Trying to Understand Sleep?

It’s a fair question (although don’t tell my supervisors that I said that…) We enjoy doing it, it refreshes us, and we tend to find ourselves doing it in any spot we find ourselves last thing on a Wednesday afternoon. Most of us could identify that we need sleep and that it helps maintain the…

The Creature at the End of the Bed: What is Sleep Paralysis?

My limbs won’t move. I can’t scan the room or, more importantly, run if I needed to. This feeling in itself is terrifying, but I become aware of an evil presence in the room. It’s behind me and is waiting there. All I’m aware of is a jagged shadow which means me some ill. I’m…