The Swansea University Sleep Laboratory investigates sleep, dreaming, and what happens when people are deprived of sleep. Undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Department of Psychology are involved in this work. Sometimes studies are run outside the lab, and we assess the sleep, or dream content, of people sleeping at home. Or we monitor people in the sleep lab, using EEG, and this can involve waking them up to collect dream reports. The laboratory is designed to be as comfortable and non-clinical as possible. On this site you can see photos of the lab and information about the scientific studies we conduct.
The sleep laboratory has 2 bedrooms for experiments on sleep and dreaming, and lounge and kitchen facilities for the running of experiments on sleep deprivation.
Our experiments in the sleep lab, and experiments run outside the sleep lab, aim to answer questions on:
- The functions of sleep
- The effects of sleep loss
- The relationship of dream content to waking life experiences
- Whether dreaming has any function, or is associated with any functional brain process
- The relationship of sleep, and dreaming, to memory consolidation during sleep
- The aetiology and characteristics of nightmares