I am Dr Neil Stanley, an independent freelance sleep expert
This is my personal website, any opinions expressed are my own.
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In 1982 I started my career at the Neurosciences Division of the R.A.F. Institute
of Aviation Medicine.
I moved to the Human Psychopharmacology Research Unit (HPRU), part of the
University of Surrey, in 1993 where as Director of Sleep Research, I created and
ran a 24 bed sleep laboratory designed for clinical trials.
Since 2009 I have been freelance and now spend most of my time travelling the
UK and abroad lecturing on various aspects of sleep to healthcare professionals,
companies and members of the public. see here
I have published 38 peer-review papers on various aspects of sleep research and
psychopharmacology. see here
In 2004 I received my PhD from the University of Surrey on the basis of my
published works. Therefore I am not a medic, I am a proper Doctor. I don’t claim to
be a medic, don’t want to be a medic, never wanted to be a medic and have never
called myself a medic. Anyone who thus confuses me with being a medic, is frankly
I am widely quoted by the UK and international media as a sleep expert. see here
European Sleep Research Society
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
British Sleep Society
Committee member 1998-2000
World Sleep Society
European Society of Sleep Technologists.
In addition to setting up a clinical sleep service at the HPRU, I was also involved,
on a freelance basis, in the setting up and development of the sleep service at
The London Clinic.
I have also worked in the clinical sleep laboratories at ScanSleep, Copenhagen and the Lovisenberg Hospital, Oslo
Since 2016 I have had academic and scientific oversight of the Leeds Sleep Evaluation Questionnaire (LSEQ)
developed by Professor Ian Hindmarch. For further details of the LSEQ see here
I was a member of the Executive Committee of the Assembly of National Sleep societies (2004 to 2009) and
through that I am co-author of the Guidelines for Accreditation of Sleep Medicine Centres
; Guidelines for Sleep
Medicine Education in Europe
and Standard procedures for Adult Sleep Medicine
2004 - date
Freelance independent sleep expert
2019 - 2022
Director of Sleep Science, Sleepstation
2016 - 2018
Sleep Physiologist, Lovisenberg Hospital, Oslo, Norway
2006 - 2009
Manager, Clinical Research and Trials Unit, Norfolk and Norwich
1999 - 2006
Director of Sleep Research, HPRU Medical Research Centre, University
1998 - 1999
Deputy Head of HPRU
1997 - 1999
1993 - 1999
Human Psychopharmacology Research Unit University of Surrey
1992 - 1993
Physiology Technician, School of Biological Sciences, University of
1992 - 1993
Freelance sleep technician.
1982 - 1991
Scientific Officer, Neuroscience Division, Royal Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine
NB What I am not
I am not a ‘sleep advocate’, ‘sleep diplomat’, ‘sleep practitioner’, ‘sleep educator’, ‘sleep evangelist’, ‘sleep therapist’,
‘sleep physiologist’, ‘sleep czar’, ‘sleep environment analyst’, ‘sleep fairy’, ‘sleep guru’, ‘sleep geek’, ‘sleep solution
expert’, ‘sleep ambassador’, ‘sleep health navigator’, sleep solution expert’, ‘International sleep speaker and
educator’, ‘sleep enthusiast’, ‘sleep detective’ or any other fancy title.
I am an independent sleep expert, plain and simple, because I am an expert on sleep, nothing more, nothing less. I
don’t need a fancy title; my expertise, knowledge and experience provide ample testimony to my being a sleep
expert. I am ‘independent’ because I have no affiliation with any institution.
All these pretentious, usually self-given, titles are nonsense. The more pretentious the title the less expert the
person is almost certainly going to be about sleep.
So if you want someone with a fancy title then there are plenty of them out there but if you want an expert in sleep
then contact me
PS you will notice that my website is not the most professional this is because I made it myself, yes I know it
shows! As mentioned I am a sleep expert, not a web designer, so again if you want someone with a flashy, all
singing, all dancing, website then there are plenty of them out there but if you want someone who knows about
sleep then contact me (however please do not contact me with an offer of a web design job as I’m pretty certain
I’m not your man).
Please note that although my name appears on numerous other
websites I DO NOT endorse any of the products on these websites nor
do I vouch for their effectiveness or quality.
© Dr. Neil Stanley 2013-2023
1 Pevernagie D, Stanley N, Berg S, Krieger J, Fischer J (2006) European guidelines for the accreditation of Sleep Medicine Centres.
Journal of Sleep Research 15 231-238
2 Pevernagie D, Stanley N, Berg S, Krieger J, Amici R, Bassetti C, Billiard M, Cirignotta F, Garcia-Borreguero D, Tobler I, Fischer J;
Task Force of the European Sleep Research Society.(2009) European guidelines for the certification of professionals in sleep
medicine: report of the task force of the European Sleep Research Society. Journal of Sleep Research 18 136-41.
3 Fischer J, Dogas Z, Bassetti CL, Berg S, Grote L, Jennum P, Levy P, Mihaicuta S, Nobili L, Riemann D, Puertas Cuesta FJ, Raschke
F, Skene DJ, Stanley N, Pevernagie D; Executive Committee (EC) of the Assembly of the National Sleep Societies (ANSS); Board of
the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS), Regensburg, Germany. (2012) Standard procedures for adults in accredited sleep
medicine centres in Europe. Journal of Sleep Research 21(4):357-68