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For the last 35 years, I have been involved in sleep research and sleep medicine. During that time, I have contributed to numerous scientific publications. But if I am going to give you advice about sleep, you deserve a chance to see if I actually practice what I preach. With that in mind, here is a brief description of my own sleep environment and habits:


  • I sleep in a 6ft (Super King) Vispring Herald Supreme bed.
  • The bed is dressed with pure wool, long, continental single duvets and pure cotton bed linen.
  • I use 2 down and feather pillows.
  • The windows of the bedroom are covered with heavy curtains.
  • I always sleep with a window open.
  • I do not have a TV, computer, radio in my bedroom.
  • I always read before lights out.
  • I am very much a morning person so if I wake up early I will get up.
  • If I wake in the middle of the night I will unusually switch the bedside light on and read for anything up to 20-60 minutes.
  • I need a 9-9½ hours sleep a night.
  • I have a pretty regular routine when I am at home in that I usually go to be at approx 2100-2130 and awake and get up at approx 0600-0630, even at the weekends.
  • I do snore which is probably related to carrying a bit more weight then perhaps I should.
  • I do not exercise in the evening or eat too late at night.
  • I do not avoid caffeine or moderate alcohol in the evening.
  • I have paper and pen next to my bed to write down worries/thoughts that occur to me during the night.
  • As a child I did not have any particular sleep problems.





Dr. Neil Stanley

Dr Neil Stanley is an independent sleep expert who has been involved in research for over 35 years. After starting out at the R.A.F. Institute of Aviation Medicine, he moved on to the University of Surrey's Human Psychopharmacology Research Unit, where he was Director of Sleep Research. Today, he travels the world lecturing on various aspects of sleep to both healthcare professionals and the public at large.