Understanding Sleep

After several billion years, evolution has failed to eliminate - even in one species - the need for sleep. Scientific study links the pace of the modern world with the prevalence of sleep disorders, with a staggering 10 - 20 per cent of the European and US population reporting sleep disruption. From sleep deprivation, sleep apnoea and the neuroscience of sleep, the report goes on to explore the significance of our dreams and asks what happens when we don't get enough sleep?

In this report


  • Top 10 ways to nod off to sleep

    One in five people have trouble sleeping and more than 15 million prescriptions are written for sleeping pills in the UK every year, so Jane Symons asked the experts and examined the latest research to compile Raconteur’s Good Sleep Guide

  • Probing brain that never sleeps

    Professor Russell Foster describes developments in the neuroscience of sleep which provide the first glimpses of how the brain generates consciousness and works around the clock even when we are asleep

  • And so to dream…

    The question of how seriously we can take our dreams and what we should make of their content is posed more cautiously and rationally than ever before, as Joshi Herrmann discovers