Archive: Sleep science

The Science of Sleep @ Google, London

10th December 2015 by Peter Hames

Sleep science Sleepio experts Sleepio news

The Sleepio team joined forces with Russell Foster, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, last week, in the latest in a series of events to promote the importance of sleep at Google’s London HQ. Our visit last October revealed on the links between sleep and work performance. This time the focus was the ...

The era of digital medicine: breaking the barrier

26th November 2014 by Peter Hames

Healthcare Sleep news Sleep science Sleep technology Sleepio news

We live in a world where a trip to our GP often results in leaving with a prescription in hand. Although drugs are essential to the health of many people, we now have decades of clinical evidence that suggests behavioural treatment, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, is a more effective long-term solution for conditions such ...

Sleepio shares the secrets of good sleep at Google

10th October 2014 by Dr. Sophie Bostock

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The Sleepio team took part in an event at Google’s London offices this week to raise awareness of the importance of good sleep for a happy and productive workforce. Sleepio’s sleep experts donned their very best pyjamas to take to the stage! Sleep researcher, Dr Sophie Bostock, explained that poor sleep can interfere with a ...

It’s not just the view you’re missing out on: workers in windowless offices lose sleep too

12th August 2014 by Peter Hames

Sleep news Sleep science

Sorry, not great news if you work in an office without windows… A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, investigated daytime light exposure, sleep quality and health-related quality of life in employees who worked in windowless offices compared with those who worked in offices with natural daylight. Those workers in windowless ...

Sleep deprivation lowers our stress threshold

23rd July 2014 by Peter Hames

Sleep news Sleep science

Speaking in public can be pretty stressful… but imagine you’re told without warning that you have to give a presentation in the next few minutes, then halfway through your prep time, your pen and paper are taken away; then you have to present for a full five minutes you in front of a panel that ...

Increasing our time asleep could reduce food cravings

16th July 2014 by Peter Hames

Sleep news Sleep science

Studies have shown a link between reduced sleep and weight gain. Most of us will recognise that ‘need’ for carbs and sugar to get us though the day after a poor night’s sleep. There’s on-going research to find out which mechanisms in the brain might be responsible for that but a recent study has tried ...

Sleep fact or fiction? Does a Full Moon affect how we sleep?

9th July 2014 by Peter Hames

Sleep news Sleep science

There are legends in every part of the world about the power of a Full Moon and what it can do – everything from increasing fertility to causing insanity. But what about the effect it has on our sleep? Lots of people say that they experience problems sleeping at the time of a Full Moon ...

Insomnia found to increase the risk of stroke

29th May 2014 by Peter Hames

Insomnia Sleep news Sleep science

We know that poor sleep has been linked to cardiovascular diseases. But there have been few studies that have investigated the relationship between insomnia and cardiovascular disease outcomes such as the risk for stroke. One of the areas that is yet to be fully examined is whether insomnia precedes and acts as a risk factor ...

Hyper-vigilance when falling asleep in insomnia

22nd May 2014 by Peter Hames

Insomnia Sleep news Sleep science

Many patients with insomnia experience a racing mind when trying to initiate sleep. They may also be sensitive to noise and changes in their own bodily sensations (e.g. racing heart). In a new study, published in the journal of Biological Psychology, a team of researchers investigated brain activity in people as they tried to fall asleep. ...

Sleeping pill use associated with increased infection rates

1st May 2014 by Peter Hames

Sleep news Sleep science

It is well known that sleeping pills can lead to next-day drowsiness and impaired vigilance, but emerging research aims to quantify the potential longer-term health consequences. In a new study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, a team of researchers from Taiwan investigate whether use of zolpidem, a short-acting nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic of the imidazopyridine class, is ...