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Alice Gregory: How to get a good night's sleep

Published: 25th October, 2018 at 00:00
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Sleep psychologist Prof Alice Gregory on the science behind a satisfying slumber.

With the clocks turning back this week, now’s a good time to think about sleep. We spend a third of our lives doing it, and it’s a behaviour we share with every animal on Earth. But for such a ubiquitous activity, a good night’s slumber can be surprisingly difficult to achieve.


Professor Alice Gregory is a sleep psychologist and author of the book Nodding Off: The Science of Sleep From Cradle to Grave (£16.99, Bloomsbury Sigma). She’s spent her career attempting to understand why so many of us suffer when the lights go out. In this week’s Science Focus Podcast, she speaks to BBC Focus staff writer – and long-suffering insomniac – James Lloyd about the importance of sleep, the realities of insomnia, and what we can do to maximise our chances of a good night’s rest.

Please note that this podcast is not intended as a replacement for medical advice. If you think you are suffering with a sleep disorder, please contact your GP.

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James Lloyd
James LloydStaff writer, BBC Science Focus

James is staff writer at BBC Science Focus magazine. He especially enjoys writing about wellbeing and psychology.


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