Welcome to the Lincoln Sleep Research Centre –  LiSReC

A dedicated sleep research centre with staff and students from the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University. We have close collaborations with researchers at a range of other institutions across the world.

We have advanced facilities for sleep research, most notably a dedicated sleep lab.  These enable us to conduct studies with full polysomnography, actigraphy, home sleep monitoring, and computerised behavioural testing.

Our research covers a range of sleep-related topics, centred on three broad areas:-

  • Sleep and Well-Being
  • Neuroscience of Sleep
  • Sleep in the Community

If you are interesting in volunteering to take part in one of our studies view specific current projects looking for participants at the research participation page, or feel free to contact us using the form on the contact page, or by getting in touch with the members of the lab (see the People page for more details).


A Typical Sleep Wire-Up


Joe Alden January 8, 2023 Reply

I have Sighted Non-24 and it’s absolutely ruined my life and my families. My frustration and anger are getting worse

Simon Durrant January 9, 2023

Yes, I’m not surprised; Sighted Non-24 can be utterly debilitating and is unfortunately very hard to treat, especially if it has been long established. It might be worth asking your GP to refer you to a specialist sleep clinic, althoguh even there the treatment options are limited essentially to melatonin and light therapy. I’m guessing you’ve tried both of those, but all I can suggest is persisting with them and experimenting with regimes and dosages (in collaboration with your doctor). I wish there was something better to be offered, but it’s fundamentally a problem with the circadian clock.

Liana December 10, 2022 Reply

thanks for info

Ana July 19, 2022 Reply

How do you explain lucid dreams? I am contantly in experiencing dreams in which I am half away half sleep. Most of the time I do not know if I am awake or sleep and can be on this state for most of the night. This makes me feel incredible tired the next day.
I also wanted to ask how accurate is wearable technology to track sleep. According to my fitbit I normaly oonly have once cicle of deep sleep (between 11 and 3 am) after this I am only on a light sleep mode.

Simon Durrant August 7, 2022

Hi Ana, thanks for your questions. Lucid dreams are not fully understood, but what you are describing sound like hypnagogic dreams, which occur at the point where wake transititions into sleep. You would feel tired the following the day because they tend to occur in the lightest form of sleep; this would suggest that you might not be getting enough deep sleep on those nights, which is what leaves you feeling tired. That brings me to your second question: wearable technology is generally quite inaccurate at sleep tracking. Specifically, it is reasonable at knowing when you wake up but quite poor at knowing when you fall asleep and it has no reliable way to determine light and deep sleep, which are defined professionally in terms of brain activity which the wearable technology does not measure. As such, we would always recommend caution when looking at sleep results from wearable technology.

Claire Newlove November 17, 2021 Reply

Would like to have a sleep test done.

Simon Durrant November 17, 2021

THanks Claire. Unfortunately we can only carry out sleep tests as part of a research study, so keep an eye on here for future research opportunities.

Ann Mold May 12, 2021 Reply

I am a 72 year old fit and healthy lady with sleeping problems for approximately 20 years. I would be interested in participating in research when any projects are available

Jane Woods November 27, 2018 Reply

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