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Surrey sleep research features on new BBC TV show

Discover what happened when Sir Terry Wogan visited the University of Surrey to film 'Secrets of the Body Clock'.

Sir Terry Wogan with Professor Debra Skene

As part of the programme, which aimed to unravel the secrets of the human body clock, Sir Terry kept a sleep diary, wore an actiwatch (which monitors light exposure, activity during the day and movement during sleep) and provided saliva samples so his levels of the body clock hormone melatonin could be monitored by our sleep experts.

A team including Debra Skene, Professor of Neuroendocrinology, then analysed the results to reveal whether the broadcaster — famous for hosting the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show and primetime TV programmes such as Children in Need and The Eurovision Song Contest — is a morning lark or a night owl.

Watch the show in BBC iPlayer here.

Find out more about our sleep and chronobiology research and learn how Surrey research contributed to the BBC series ‘Trust Me I’m a Doctor’.

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