This week’s featured PhD…

Originally posted on PhD SOS:
This week’s featured PhD… Jack Barton, PhD Student University of Manchester I am a PhD student at the University of Manchester who likes to study, talk, and occasionally even take time to, sleep. Before you ask, despite having given a talk on the subject, no, I cannot interpret your dreams.…

Why should you get involved in science outreach as a student?

Originally posted on The Signal:
Life as a scientist isn’t all about sitting in a lab wearing a coat and goggles. PhD student Jack Barton writes about the benefits of science outreach. ? When I mention that I’ve gone out and spoken to people about my research, my supervisors seem excited and comment on how…

What’s the Evidence? Lush and Sleepy

A friend recently brought my attention to the latest Lush product which had literally been “blowing up her Instagram”. After seeing news articles such as this, I wanted to find out whether the evidence supported the hype. Now, before I start, I want to say that I have absolutely no problem with people paying for…

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…

Somniloquy: What causes sleep talking?

We’ve already covered sleepwalking in some detail and identified how complex behaviours can be initiated during a period of seeming unconsciousness. These behaviours can take a wide range of different forms. For example, reports of sleep-texting are becoming more common, which highlights how changes in our daily routines lead to changes in the type of…

Upcoming Articles

While trying to decide what article I’d like to write next I realised that I haven’t really introduced people to the basics of sleep science and why people like me get money to research it. I’ve already used terms which are familiar to most people, but there’s also been some which are probably less so….

Fresh Beginnings

It has been a long time since I’ve posted anything here but I feel it’s time for me to come back at long last. For a start, I’ve finally managed to snare funding and thus I have recently (last September) started a PhD at the University of Manchester to study sleep loss in individuals with mental…

Life, Liberty and Late Night Journal Trawling

It has been a long time since I last posted anything here and it only seemed right to come back as I near the start of my PhD. There are a few topics which I would like to give more consideration to (perhaps in their own posts or articles elsewhere) but I want to discuss…

This month in voices: November 2013

Originally posted on This month in voices:
Well, as I last posted on Christmas day, it seems appropriate to start up again on Easter Sunday. I’ll try and get through the backlog of research as soon as possible. ? Durham, UK. Flavie Waters, Angela Woods and Charles Fernyhough report on what went on at the…