School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Field of Research:
Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Professor Matthew Rockloff; Associate Professor Matthew Browne; Professor Sally Ferguson; Dr Grace Vincent
Doctor of Philosophy
Sleep restriction, alcohol and gambling: A losing combination?
There currently is some evidence that sleep problems are associated with gambling problems, although the mechanisms underlying this association are unknown. Experimental studies also show that sleep deprivation may lead to poor gambling decisions. However, there are few studies that use ecologically valid tools to assess gambling. There is a notable gap in the literature around the cumulative impact that alcohol consumption and sleep restriction have on gambling. In the current gambling environment, which encourages alcohol use whilst gambling late into the night, investigating the combined effects of alcohol consumption and sleep deprivation on gambling decisions using as close to ‘real life’ gambling scenarios is important to ensure people who choose to gamble are kept safe.
Why my research is important/Impacts
Harm from gambling is a major problem in the community, having a similar impact in terms of harm to that of alcohol use disorder. My PhD is important because it aims to investigate whether the current gambling environment that promotes drinking and gambling whilst sleep restricted results in poorer gambling decisions and the potential for increased harm.