About us

The Surrey Sleep Research Centre (SSRC) was founded by Professor Derk-Jan Dijk in 2003.  

Our research

Our 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 circadian rhythms 
  • 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
  • Biomarkers of sleep and circadian rhythm
  • 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
  • Neurodegeneration, sleep and circadian rhythms
  • Mathematical modelling of sleep and circadian rhythms

Our facilities 

Sleep and Wake monitoring at Surrey Clinical Research Centre (CRC)

We have 12 state-of-the-art, individual sleep/intensive physiological monitoring laboratories which have advanced sound attenuation, light and temperature control, and isolation from all external time cues.

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Surrey Sleep Research Centre
Surrey Clinical Research Centre
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