Science Focus Book Club: Further reading all about sleep

How can we get a good night’s sleep? Why is rest so important, and what mistakes might we be making before we go to bed? Read stories on sleep here while taking part in May's Science Focus Book Club.

While your body switches off, your brain kicks in, and the quality of your sleep has a lot to do with what it’s working on.

The clocks have gone back, leaving many of us reaching for the coffee as our body clocks struggle to realign. But there are many aspects of sleep that still leave experts scratching their heads...


Bad news for people who love to boast about only needing four hours a night.

Every night, we experience an altered state of consciousness called dreaming. Could we harness this power to boost our mental health?

Sleep psychologist Prof Alice Gregory on the science behind a satisfying slumber.

Up all night to get happy: psychiatrist Professor David Veale explains how sleep deprivation, under controlled conditions, can treat depression.

We’d also argue that being hooked up to lab equipment is not conducive to a good night’s rest.

Have breakfast a little later, and dinner a little earlier, and reap the health benefits.

Ella Al-Shamahi tells us what makes our body clock tick, and why she is breaking a Commando's in a nuclear bunker.

Banking sleep will protect you for one all-nighter, but no more than that.