Can psychology help us get a better night’s sleep? Our presenter Ginny Smith hears how worry about sleep is sometimes more of a problem than lack of sleep itself. She gives us some evidence-backed sleep tips and finds out about “sleep engineering” – deliberately manipulating the sleep process to aid memory and enhance its health benefits.
Background reading for this episode:
- “Insomnia identity” – misbelieving you’ve got sleep problems can be more harmful than actual lack of sleep
- BBC News: Sleep engineering: Cardiff scientists working on designer rest
- Targeted memory reactivation of newly learned words during sleep triggers REM-mediated integration of new memories and existing knowledge
Also, find many more studies on sleep and dreaming in our archive.
Episode one: Dating and Attraction.
Episode two: Breaking Bad Habits.
Episode three: How to Win an Argument.
Episode four: The Psychology of Gift Giving.
Episode five: How To Learn a New Language.
Episode six: How To Be Sarcastic 😉
Episode seven: Use Psychology To Compete Like an Olympian.
Episode eight: Can We Trust Psychological Studies?
Episode nine: How To Get The Best From Your Team
Episode ten: How To Stop Procrastinating
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