Sleep plays an essential role in our lives for both physical and mental reasons. In recent years, scientific research into the importance of sleep has been thrust into the mainstream, as new light has been shed on how sleep affects everything form our professional development to our emotional and social selves. And in a technology driven world, the havoc technology plays on our sleep schedules is an ever-growing concern.

In this panel, we explore the fascinating science behind sleep, why sleep is important to a well-functioning society, and most importantly, how we can get a better night’s rest. Urbanist Matthew Beaumont and historian Sasha Handley will be our panellists for this discussion.

This event is sponsored by the NHS.

About The Speakers

Matthew Beaumont

Matthew Beaumont is a Professor of English at UCL and Co-Director of UCL’s Urban Lab. He is the author and editor of several books, including Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London. He is currently working on two books, one about walking and metropolitan modernity, the other, a cultural history of insomnia.

Sasha Handley

Sasha Handley is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Manchester. Her work focuses on histories of daily life and material culture. Her books include ‘Sleep in Early Modern England’ (2016) and ‘Visions of an Unseen World’ (2007). Sasha also co-curated the 2016 exhibition ‘Magic, Witches and Devils in the Early Modern World’.