Sleepless in Glasgow: How do homeostatic sleep mechanisms interact with the circadian timing system?

University of Glasgow

Past award

Student: Hannah Rooslien : University of Glasgow

Year Award Started: 2013

The most widely recognised consequence of disruption of the internal timekeeping (circadian) system is the sleep disruption that appears and diminishes quality of life. Robust, synchronised circadian rhythms are critical for health. Disrupted circadian rhythms are associated with early mortality, cardiovascular disease, and progression of cancer. We have only minimal understanding of the fundamental mechanisms underlying how disruptions to an organism’s sleep patterns influence circadian timing and vice versa. Understanding alterations in the characteristics of stimuli that facilitate the interaction of sleep with the internal timing system will lead to recommendations to improve synchronisation and ultimately health.

Research area: Other conditions


Professor Stephany Biello
School of Psychology