See our peer-reviews journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, newsletters and letters.


Coveney, C., Greaney, M., Hsu, E.L., Meadows, R. and Williams, S.J., 2023. Technosleep: Frontiers, Fictions, Futures. Springer Nature.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Hine, C., Meadows, R. and Pritchard, G., 2023. The Interactional Uses of Evidenced Sleep. Historical Social Research/Historische Sozialforschung, 48(2), pp.194-214.

Ellis, J., Meadows, R., Alfonso-Miller, P. and Bastien, C. H. (2023) Partner Alliance to Enhance Efficacy and Adherence of CBT-I, In: Sleep medicine clinics18(1)pp. 1-7 Elsevier

Meadows, R., Brunton-Smith, I. and Ellis, J., (2022). Are sleep quality judgments comparable across individuals, places, and spaces? An interdisciplinary analysis of data from 207,608 individuals across 68 countries. Sleep health8(4), pp.380-386.

Williams, S.J., Meadows, R. and Coveney, C.M., (2021). Desynchronised times? Chronobiology,(bio) medicalisation and the rhythms of life itself. Sociology of Health & Illness43(6), pp.1501-1517.

Meadows, R., Nettleton, S., Hine, C. and Ellis, J., (2021). Counting sleep? Critical reflections on a UK national sleep strategy. Critical Public Health31(4), pp.494-499. 

Neale, Jo, Grivska, K., Meadows, Robert, Nettleton, Sarah (2019) ‘I don’t stress about it anymore’. Perceptions of non-problematic sleep amongst people in residential treatment for substance use disorders, Journal of substance Use 24(4), pp.439-444.

Neale J, Vitoratou S, Lennon P, Meadows R, Nettleton S, Panebianco D, Strang J, Marsden J (2018) Development and early validation of a patient reported outcome measure to assess sleep amongst people experiencing problems with alcohol or other drugs, Sleep 41 (4) zsy013 pp. 1-14 Oxford University Press

Neale, Jo; Meadows, Robert ; Nettleton, Sarah; Panebianco, Daria; Strang, John; Vitoratou, Silia; Marsden, John (2018) Substance misuse, sleep and intervention design: insights from qualitative data Journal of Mental Health pp.1-8.

Meadows, R., Nettleton, S. and Neale J (2017) Sleep waves and recovery from drug and alcohol dependence: Towards a rhythm analysis of sleep in residential treatment. Social Science & Medicine. 84 pp. 124-133 Elsevier

Nettleton, S., Meadows, R. and Neale, J (2017) Disturbing Sleep And Sleepfulness During Recovery From Substance Dependence In Residential Rehabilitation Sociology of Health and Illness  39(5), pp.784-798.

Williams, S.J., Coveney, C. and Meadows, R., (2015). ‘M‐apping’sleep? Trends and transformations in the digital age. Sociology of Health & Illness, 37(7), pp.1039-1054.

Meadows, R. and Arber, S., (2015). Marital Status, Relationship Distress, and Self-rated Health What Role for “Sleep Problems”? Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 56(3), pp.341-355.

Lowson, E and Arber, S. (2014) Preparing, working, recovering: Gendered expereinces of night work among women and their families, Gender Work and Organisations, Online Early

Ellmers, T., Arber, S., Luff, R., Eyers, I and Young, E. (2013) Factors affecting residents' sleep in care homes, Nursing Older People, 25(8): 29-32

Lowson, E., Middleton, B., Arber, S and Skene, D. (2013) Effects of night work on sleep, cortisol and mood of female nurses, their husbands and children, Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 11:7-13

Venn, S., Meadows, R. and Arber, S. (2013) Gender differences in approaches to self-management of poor sleep in later life, Social Science & Medicine 79(1): 117-123

Lallukka, T., Arber, S., Laaksonen, M., Lahelma, E., Partonen, T and Rahkonen, O (2013) Work-family conflicts and subsequent sleep medication among women and men: A longitudinal registry linkage study, Social Science & Medicine 79(1): 66-75

Eyers, I., Arber, S., Luff, R., Young, E. and Ellmers, T (2012) Rhetoric and reality in daily life in English care homes, International Journal of Ageing and Later Life 7(1): 53-78

Venn, S. and Arber, S (2012) Understanding older peoples' decisions about the use of sleeping medication: issues of control and autonomy, Sociology of Health and Illness 34(8): 1215-1229

Eyers, I., Young, E., Luff, R. and Arber, S. (2012) Striking the balance: Night care versus the facilitation of good sleep, British Journal of Nursing 21(5): 303-307

Meadows, R and Arber, S (2012) Understanding sleep among couples: Gender and the social patterning of sleep maintenance among younger and older couples, Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 3 (1): 66-79

Luff, R., Ellmers, T., Eyers, I., Cope, E., Arber, S.  (2011) ‘Time spent in bed at night by care homes residents.’  Ageing and Society, Vol 31.  

Venn S and Arber S. (2011) ‘Daytime sleep and active ageing in later life’, Ageing and Society, 31(2): 197-216. 

Arber, S. and Venn, S. (2011) ‘Caregiving at night: Understanding the impact on carers’, Journal of Aging Studies. 25: 155-165.

Lallukka T, Arber S, Rahkonen O and Lahelma E. (2010) ‘Complaints of insomnia among midlife employed people: The contribution of childhood and present socioeconomic circumstances’, Sleep Medicine, 11: 828-836.

Meadows R, Luff R, Eyers I, Venn S, Cope E and Arber S. (2010) ‘An actigraphic study comparing community dwelling poor sleepers with non-demented care home residents’, Chronobiology International  27(4): 842-854.

Lallukka T, Rahkonen O, Lahelma E and Arber S. (2010) ‘Sleep complaints in middle-aged women and men: The contribution of working conditions and work-family conflicts’, Journal of Sleep Research.  19:  466-477.

Bara A-C and Arber S. (2009) ‘Working shifts and mental health - findings from the British Household Panel Survey (1995-2005)’, Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health,  35 (5):  361-367.

Staples V, Archer SN, Arber S and Skene D. (2009) ‘Daily light exposure profiles in older non-resident extreme morning and evening types’, Journal of Sleep Research. 18:  466-471

Chatzitheochari, S. and Arber, S. (2009) Lack of sleep, work and the long hours culture: evidence from the UK time use survey, Work, Employment and Society 23(1): 30-48

Arber, S., Bote, M and Meadows, R (2009) Understanding how socio-economic status, gender and marital status influence self-reported sleep problems in Britain Social Science and Medicine 68: 281-289

Meadows, R., Arber, S., Venn, S., Hislop, J and Stanley, N (2009) Exploring the interdependence of couples' rest-wake cycles: an actigraphic study Chronobiology international 26(1): 80-92

Meadows, R., Arber, S., Venn, S. and Hislop, J. (2008) Unruly bodies and couples’ sleep. Body & Society 14(4):75-92

Meadows, R., Arber, S., Venn, S. and Hislop, J. (2008) Engaging with sleep: Male definitions, understandings and attitudes. Sociology of Health and Illness 30(5): 696-710

Venn, S., Arber, S., Meadows, R. and Hislop, J. (2008) The Fourth Shift: a gendered approach to night time caring, British Journal of Sociology. 59(1): 79-97

Arber S. and Bote M. (2007) ‘Apoyo social y calidad del sueno en el Reino Unido: Condicionamientos socioeconomicos, demograpficos y biologicos’ (‘Social support and sleep quality in the general population of United Kingdom: Socioeconomic, demographic and biological determinants’), Praxis Sociologica, 10: 152-182.

Arber, S., Hislop, J., Bote, M. and Meadows, R. (2007) Gender roles and women’s sleep in mid and later life: A quantitative approach Sociological Research Online

Bianchera E. and Arber S. (2007) ‘Caring and sleep disruption among women in Italy’, Sociological Research Online, 12(5) (2007)

Moran-Ellis, J., and Venn, S., (2007) The sleeping lives of children and teenagers: nightworlds and arenas of action, Sociological Research Online, 12(5),

Venn, S. (2007) ‘It’s okay for a man to snore”: the influence of gender on sleep disruption in couples, Sociological Research Online, 12(5)

Dzaja, A., Arber, S., Hislop, J., Kerkhofs, M., Kopp, C., Pollmacher, T., Polo-Kantola, P., Skene, D., Stenuit, P., Tobler, I. and Porkka-Heiskanen, T. (2005) Women's sleep in health and disease, Journal of Psychiatric Research, 39: 55-76.

Hislop, J., Arber, S., Meadows, R. and Venn, S. (2005) 'Narratives of the Night: the Use of Audio Diaries in Researching Sleep', Sociological Research Online, 10(4),

Meadows, R., Venn, S., Hislop, J., Stanley, N. and Arber, S. (2005) Investigating Couples’ Sleep: An evaluation of actigraphic analysis techniques Journal of Sleep Research 14:4. 377-386

Meadows, R (2005) The Negotiated Night: An embodied conceptual framework for the sociological study of sleep. The Sociological Review 53:2 240-254.

Hislop, J. and Arber, S. (2004) Understanding women's sleep management: beyond medicalization-healthicization: A response to Simon Williams , Sociology of Health and Illness, 26(4): 460-463.

Hislop, J. and Arber, S. (2003a) Sleepers Wake! The gendered nature of sleep disruption among mid-life women, Sociology, 37(4), 695-711.

Hislop, J. and Arber, S. (2003b) Understanding women's sleep management: beyond medicalization-healthicization?, Sociology of Health and Illness, 25(7), 815-837.

Book chapters

Williams, S., J, Coveney, C. and Meadows, R (2023) Sleep matters: Progress and prospects for the sociology of health and medicine, in A Peterson (ed) Handbook of the Sociology of Health and Medicine

Meadows, R., Williams, S.,J, Gabe, J., Coveney C. and Arber, S. (2018) 'The sociology of sleep', in F. Cappuccio, F, M. Miller and S. Lockley (eds), Sleep Epidemiology and Public Health, 2nd Edition Oxford: Oxford University Press [commissioned chapter]

Arber, S., Venn, S. and Eyers, I., (2018). Sleep and autonomy in later life: the SomnIA project. The New Dynamics of Ageing Volume 2, p.17.

Arber, S. (2014) 'Sleep' in Michalos A. C. (Ed) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research Springer pp 5990-2

Meadows, R (2012) Denying death's counterfeit: the sociological aspects of sleep. In A Green et al (eds) Sleep: Multiprofessional Approaches, Jessica Kingsley

Arber S, Meadows R, Venn S.  (2012)  ‘Sleep and Society’. In C.A. Espie and C. M. Morin (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Sleep Disorders,   Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Arber, S. and Meadows, R.   (2011)  ‘Social and Health Patterning of Sleep Quality and Duration’. In S McFall and C Garrington (eds)   Understanding Society: Early Findings from the first wave of the UK’s Household Longitudinal Study, Colchester: ISER, University of Essex, pp 88-98

Williams S, Meadows R and Arber S. (2010) ‘Sociology of Sleep’. In F. Cappaccio, M. Miller  and S Lockley (eds) Sleep Epidemiology,   Oxford:  Oxford University Press, pp 275-299.

Bianchara, E. and Arber, S. (2008) Women’s Sleep in Italy: The Influence of Caregiving Roles, in Lodewijk Brunt and Brigitte Steger (eds) Worlds of Sleep, Berlin: Frank & Timme

Venn, S. and Arber, S. (2008) Conflicting Sleep Demands: Parents and Young People in UK Households, in Lodewijk Brunt and Brigitte Steger (eds) Worlds of Sleep, Berlin: Frank & Timme

Hislop, J. and Arber, S. (2006) Sleep, gender and ageing: Changing relational and institutional constraints from mid-to-later life, T. Calasanti and K. Slevin. (eds) Age Matters: Realigning Feminist Thinking

Hislop, J. and Arber, S. (2003c). Sleep as a social act: A window on gender roles and relationships. S. Arber, K. Davidson and J. Ginn. (eds) Gender & Ageing: Changing Roles and Relationships , Maidenhead: McGraw Hill/Open University Press, 186-205.

Book reviews, newsletters and letters

Williams, S.J., Coveney, C.M. and Meadows, R., (2021). Thinking through the ‘Biosocial’: Rhythmic Reflections in Pandemic Times. Somastosphere

Arber, S. and Meadows, R., (2020). Class Inequalities in Health and the Coronavirus: a cruel irony. The Blog of the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey23.

Williams, S.J. and Meadows, R (2020) Coronavirus: Why Sleep Gaps May Widen During and After the Crisis, Discover Society

Meadows. (2016) 'The importance of viewing sleep as a 'practice''. Addiction, 11 (6), pp. 1094-1095.

Meadows (2014) Review of The Politics of Sleep (cultural sociology)

Meadows (2014) Review of 24/7 (Work, Employment & Society)

Meadows, R. (2008) The rights and duties of the sleeper Virtual Mentor (American Medical Association Journal of Ethics) 10:585-588

Meadows, R. (2008) Older men's sleep: the body, function and ‘narratives of decline' Generations 32(1):28-31

Meadows, R; Stanley, N; Venn, S; Hislop, J; Arber, S. (2005) Completely unattended home sleep recordings, Letter in Sleep 28(4): 526

Hislop, J. and Williams, S.(2004) A Sociology of Sleep? Surely Not , BSA Network. Autumn 2004, 33.

Hislop, J. (2002a) Towards a sociology of sleep, British Sleep Society (BSS) Newsletter, Issue 9, June 2002, 5-6.

Hislop, J. (2002b) The missing link? Sociological approaches to the study of women's sleep, European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) Newsletter, December 2002, 5-6.

Lichstein, K. and Morin, C. (Eds.) (2000) Treatment of Late-Life Insomnia, Sage, Thousand Oaks . Reviewed by Hislop, J (2003) in Quality in Ageing- Policy, practice and research 4(1) April 2003, 39-40.