Research Activities

Research has been built on five core, overlapping, themes:

  • Age, gender and sleep – including SomnIA, a large multidisciplinary project on understanding older people’s sleep in the community and care homes, and research on children and sleep;
  • Household/couple dynamics and sleep – including an ESRC funded project exploring the ways that couples negotiate their sleep, and current work analysing large scale survey data to explore the dyadic nature of sleep;
  • Quantitative investigations into inequalities in sleep – including analysis of the Understanding Society Survey (Wave 1) which includes sleep data from 30000 households. A report on early analysis can be found here;
  • Methodological issues when researching sleep, using multi-disciplinary methodologies, including indepth interviews, audio-diaries, and actigraphy;
  • Training sociology of sleep researchers – including supervision of interdisciplinary doctoral research on sleep.

Current Activities

Sleep During Recovery From Addiction (British Academy) - With Prof Sarah Nettleton (PI) and Dr Jo Neale

Funded by the British Academy, this study seeks to explore "How, why and in what ways do sleep, drug dependence and recovery interact, and with what consequences?".  Although many of these questions have been addressed by biomedical scientists, to-date their work has not been matched by any detailed sociological research. The current study rests on the idea that: (i) if we are to answer these questions, novel conceptual models are required which situate sleep, drug misuse and recovery as embodied social actions that are embedded within social contexts; and (ii) novel methods are required which recognize that sleep is a liminal state. More information can be found here


Using longitudinal dyadic data analysis techniques to explore gender identity and sleep within couples

This British Academy funded Skills project will enable Rob Meadows to develop advanced analysis skills whilst exploring a substantive area. More specifically, the study will use longitudinal dyadic data analysis to explore (i) the dynamics of gender identity within heterosexual couples over time; (ii) how gender dynamics within couples over time are associated with reports of sleep.  Results will be used to engage with ideas surrounding how traditional masculinities are constructed in relation to ‘emphasized feminities’ and how they are constructed in the areas of face-to-face interactions over time.  The findings will also enable us to engage with recent sociological literature which suggests that ‘sleep’ is a gendered arena.

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