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…

Are psychologists tackling the replication crisis head on?

Replication is crucial for any science. If you can’t repeat an experiment and get the same – or similar – results, then you need to be asking why. This forms the centre point of the replication crisis within psychology. Broadly speaking, the crisis has brought to light a lack of replicability of early results. This…

Can REM Sleep Protect You Against Traumatic Experiences?

Around one in twenty of us will receive a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) over the course of our lives (Chapter 4). It involves nightmares, flashbacks, memory difficulties, avoidance and hypervigilance, and although not the only cause, sleep has been identified as a contributing factor in the development of these symptoms. This is where…

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…

Should We Start Drinking Cherry Juice To Improve Our Sleep?

The internet is awash with advice based on rubbish science, and it’s not unusual for news outlet to pick up on this. Luckily, I have a source who expertly scours the internet and provides me with the best of the worst scientific journalism. Today’s offering is from the Daily Mail who are advertising the miraculous…

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…

How can escaping into virtual reality improve healthcare?

You slowly creep towards the door while being acutely aware that the slightest sound will get you caught. As you reach for the handle and steadily open the large wooden door you hear a slight creak. Suddenly, the expansive and exposed wall to your right explodes in a flurry of shrapnel, wallpaper and dust. A…