Published: 12 May 2014

Surrey researchers unravel the mysteries of sleep for the BBC

Surrey sleep experts took part in the BBC’s 24-hour body clock special on Tuesday 13 May.

Internationally-recognised sleep experts from the University of Surrey have taken part in series of special BBC features exploring the secrets of the human body clock.

As part of the BBC's Day of the Bodyclock, pioneering sleep researchers including Dr Simon Archer, Reader in Chronobiology and Dr Victoria Revell appeared on flagship programmes such as the Today programme on Radio 4 and BBC Breakfast on BBC One.

The University of Surrey is home to the Surrey Sleep Research Centre and has an international reputation for the quality of its sleep and chronobiology research. Recently published studies include research into the impact of altered bedtimes on the human molecular clock and the impact of a lack of sleep on gene activity. Sleep was also the theme for the University’s prestigious 2014 Alf Adams Lecture.

Learn more about Surrey’s Sleep, Chronobiology and Addiction Research Group and programmes in the field of Biosciences and Medicine.

Sleep research at Surrey

Our sleep studies are published in high impact academic journals, and our academics frequently appear on television and feature in national and international newspapers. Surrey’s sleep research covers fascinating areas, including:

  • The regulation of human sleep by circadian rhythmicity (our internal body clock)
  • The effects of light on sleep, performance and circadian rhythms
  • Ageing, sleep and cognition
  • The causes, consequences and treatment of circadian rhythm disorders as experienced by shift workers, transmeridian air travellers, blind people and older people
  • The effects of insufficient sleep on cognition, mood and metabolism
  • The effects of mistimed sleep and insufficient sleep on patterns of gene expression
  • The investigation of new medicines to help you sleep (hypnotics) or to stay awake (wake promoting compounds) as counter measures in insomnia, shift work and jet lag

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