Professor Colin Espie joined researchers from CaHRU, the Lincoln Institute for Health and the Lincoln Sleep Research Centre (LiSReC) supported by the Lincoln Institute for Advanced Studies to discuss current and future studies, to contribute to the opening of LiSReC and to give a public lecture, ‘Waking up to the power of sleep: Evidence-based solutions for insomnia. The public lecture which took place on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 was well attended by academics and members of the public.
Professor Espie is Professor of Sleep Medicine at the University of Oxford where he directs patient-related research and clinical training in the Sleep & Circadian Neurosciences Institute. He is internationally known for his work on insomnia treatment. He has published over 250 scientific papers and several textbooks and has made many television appearances in documentary series on sleep disorders. He also co-founded Big Health, who developed the insomnia treatment SleepioTM that is now becoming more widely available in the NHS.
In his public lecture Professor Espie discussed the importance of sleep and its essential role in wellbeing. As a “need to have, not a nice to have”. His talk summarised the importance of sleep and its relationship with physical and mental health; and focused on what actually works to solve the all too common problem of insomnia. He also spoke about his experience in Glasgow and Oxford of running a successful sleep research centre at the opening of LiSReC which is co-led by Dr Simon Durrant (School of Psychology) and Prof Graham Law (CaHRU). LiSReC is a collaboration between sleep researchers at the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University.
By Prof Niro Siriwardena