The ultimate aim of our research is to understand sleep for the improvement of human health and wellbeing.


The Surrey Sleep Research Centre (SSRC) was founded by Derk-Jan Dijk in 2003. With a vast wealth of experience, we conduct multidisciplinary and innovative studies on the regulation and function of sleep. Our research contributes to the understanding of how circadian rhythmicity, light, ageing, chronic stress, and hypnotics impact our sleep physiology and sleep quality.

We are home to a forward-thinking team of physiologists, molecular biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and engineers. We apply integrative and novel approaches to pre-clinical and clinical sleep research. This research is enabled by state-of-the-art human and animal research facilities and methodology.