We aim to understand why we sleep

Sleep is a basic physiological state universally present in animals. Regular sleep is necessary for optimal performance during wakefulness and even few hours of sleep deprivation lead to sleepiness and transient cognitive impairment.

The Brain and Sleep Research Laboratory is a joint effort of Luisa de Vivo and Michele Bellesi to investigate the biological mechanisms underpinning the functions of sleep in health and disease.

Our research combines morphological and functional methods of analysis in both animals and humans.​