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New sleep study for children with dyslexia

Posted on 5 June 2014

A new research project is examining the links between sleep and word learning in children with dyslexia.

Previous research from the department has shown that sleep is important for strengthening memories of new words and making them part of our mental dictionaries. This is true for both adults and children. A new project, funded by the Waterloo Foundation, is now investigating this relationship in children with dyslexia, who often have difficulties with both word learning and sleep.

The project is currently looking for 8-13 year old children from the York/Leeds area to take part. Children either with or without dyslexia are eligible but the researchers are particularly keen to hear from those with dyslexia. Children take part in three one-hour word learning sessions across one week, and an overnight sleep recording at home. Please see the link below for further information. If you’d like to find out more please contact Faye Smith (; 01904 323158).

Sleep Talk project website