• Question: Why did you choose to work in the sleep zone of science?

    Asked by S.Science to Yousef, Rachel, Petrina, Michael, Jason, Emma on 8 Nov 2018.
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      Yousef Alqurashi answered on 8 Nov 2018: last edited 8 Nov 2018 7:54 pm


      Because I love it, and this has been my field of work/study for the past 8 years and I can’t imagin myself doing something else. Part of me loving this field is that people spend third of their life sleeping, and this was for a readon, and using the science skills and technology we started to inderstand why this something called sleep is important for our health and well-being.

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      Jason Ellis answered on 9 Nov 2018:


      Hi S.Science – Well I had to do some work experience as part of my degree at University and whilst all my colleagues wanted to go to nursery schools to see how children develop language / play etc. etc. When asked I said that I wanted to work in the area of Death. I was told I wasn’t allowed to work in that area so I asked my teacher what the closest thing to death was and she said SLEEP. So, I did my work experience in the sleep disorder unit at St Thomas’ Hospital in London and LOVED it so much that I have never looked back!

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      Rachel Sharman answered on 9 Nov 2018:


      Hi, for me I sort of fell into this research. I was studying Biochemistry at university and we got a chance to add an extra year to our degree and work in industry for a bit. I was picked to work at a big company that makes household items (like washing up liquid) but I am strongly against animal testing so refused to go. I then interviewed for a job in the USA not really knowing what it was and found myself in an interview for the sleep lab at Harvard! My very first study was looking at what happens to humans if their days are too long (27hrs) like what would happen if we lived on another planet. I’ve been hooked ever since!

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