More than 50 people crammed into a small intimate room in the back of Bristol’s Tobacco Factory – not in front of any PowerPoint slides or microphones, just a Professor of Medicine holding a pint… On Monday 27 April, Professor Stafford Lightman took us through what makes us keep eating, sleeping and waking – with a stark public health warning.
In 1962, a French caver decided to study the movement of a glacier through an underground cave. Though he knew he’d be shrouded in darkness, Michael Siffre decided to carry out an experiment and left his watch behind. For two months he woke, slept and ate in the darkness. His assistants took and analysed each of his urine and stool samples to monitor his health. Despite having lost track of all time, Michael still followed a 24-hour pattern of waking, eating, sleeping and doing it all over again. Continue reading “Eat, Sleep, Wake, Repeat”