Aaron Smith | January 19, 2016
Jessica Payne never dreamed of becoming a rising star in the science of sleep.
In fact, until midway through graduate school, she didn’t think much about the subject beyond her own off-and-on problems getting some shut-eye.
Now, she can’t keep it off her mind.
“We don’t understand enough about how to improve sleep, because people treat sleep like it’s expendable. Yet the data says the opposite,” said Payne, the Nancy O’Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology. “Sleep gets woefully ignored, but it’s something we should protect. I genuinely believe that everybody can sleep better.”