Vice called a sleep expert and picked her brain about why, how and when we nod off.
Dr Amy Reynolds: There’s a lot of really novel research going on. I would like to think (and hope) that the next frontier is an attitudinal shift in how we as a society think about, and prioritise, sleep. Sleep is a powerful tool we can use to our advantage, there is no weakness in wanting or needing to get enough sleep each night, and I’d like to see this accepted more broadly. I think there has been a bit of a historical attitude that getting little or no sleep is a badge of honour, or an indicator that you’re committed to other aspects of your life, like working late. I think this is far from true, and would like to see an emphasis placed on sleeping to perform well and live healthily.