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Sleep research

A female researcher places EEG electrodes on male participant's head
EEG electrodes are placed on a participant's head before an overnight sleep study

Research in our sleep labs focuses on functionality of the sleeping brain using a multimodal imaging approach.

This approach includes functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), EEG, cerebrovascular physiology and cognitive techniques.

Sleep is critical for both health and cognition. Our lab is developing ways to manipulate sleep (called sleep engineering) in order to maximise its beneficial properties.

We're working on ways to enhance memory, disarm negative emotions, and combat cognitive decline through ageing. Find out more about our sleep lab facilties.

You can also visit our dedicated Neuroscience and Psychology of Sleep (NaPS) lab page to find out more about our research and ongoing projects.

People

Our principal investigator, Professor Penny Lewis, has authored a number of academic publications, given a TEDx talk, written a Popular Science book on sleep and edited an anthology of sleep stories.

Professor Penny Lewis

Professor Penny (Penelope) Lewis

Professor

Email:
lewisp8@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0467
Dr Matthias Gruber

Dr Matthias Gruber

Sir Henry Dale Fellow

Email:
gruberm@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0079
Dr Chen Song

Dr Chen Song

COFUND Fellow

Email:
songc5@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 8910

Research staff

Miguel Navarrete

Miguel Navarrete

Research Associate

Email:
navarretem@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0365
Sofia Pereira

Sofia Pereira

Research Associate

Email:
pereiras@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 70365

Research students

Imo

Imogen Birch

Research student

Email:
birchi@cardiff.ac.uk
Holly

Holly Kings

Research student

Email:
kingsho@cardiff.ac.uk
Koopman

Anne Koopman

Research student

Email:
koopmanac@cardiff.ac.uk
profile picture of Martyna Rakowska

Martyna Rakowska

Research student

Email:
rakowskam@cardiff.ac.uk
Schneiderj2

Jules Schneider

Research student

Email:
schneiderj2@cardiff.ac.uk

Media highlights

Features and talks

Books

Blogs

  • 'ERCcOMICS' Blog featuring the SolutionSleep ERC-funded project on sleep and creativity

Radio interviews

News and magazine articles

Sleep research alumni

Previous PhD students

  • Hikaru Tsujimura - Did a PhD exploring the impact of sleep on the generalisation of facial representations and competition between different identities
  • Isabel Hutchison – Did a PhD on the impact of direct current stimulation on sleep and memory
  • Nora Hennies – Did a PhD on the impact of sleep upon the formation of new semantic memories
  • James Cousins – Did a  PhD on the impact of triggered replay during sleep upon overnight memory consolidation
  • Scott Cairney – Did a PhD on sleep  and emotional memory and is now a postdoc at York
  • Tia Tsimpanouli – Did a PhD on sleep, emotional memory and depression

Previous postdoctoral staff

  • Simon Durrant: Did a three year postdoc in the lab and is now a Lecturer at the University of Lincoln
  • Jakke Tamminen: Did a one year postdoc in the lab and is now a postdoc at Royal Holloway
A female participant does a computer task in a sleep lab bedroom
A participant engages in cognitive testing in a sleep lab bedroom