Jessa Gamble

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Jessa Gamble
Born (1979-04-25) April 25, 1979 (age 39)
Oxford, UK
NationalityCanadian, English
Alma materLisgar Collegiate Institute
University of Toronto
OccupationAuthor, Journalist

Jessa Gamble (born April 25, 1979), née Sinclair, is a Canadian and English author and co-owner of the science blog The Last Word on Nothing.[1] Her book, The Siesta and the Midnight Sun: How Our Bodies Experience Time[2] (Penguin Group), documents the rituals surrounding daily rhythms. Along with local languages and beliefs, these schedules are losing their global diversity[3] and succumbing to what Gamble calls "circadian imperialism."[4] The foreword was written by Canadian broadcaster Jay Ingram.

In recent years, Gamble has turned her attention to research on reducing the need for sleep [5] by making it more efficient and concentrated.[6] One of her articles on the subject won the 2014 Best Feature award at the Science Writers' Awards for Britain and Ireland.[7] She is a regular commentator on issues around sleep, such as the morality of sleep,[8] Seasonal Affective Disorder,[9] and cultural differences in daily rhythms.[10]

Gamble's work has appeared in The Guardian,[11] as well as Aeon Magazine,[12] Scientific American,[13] New Scientist,[14] The Walrus[15] , Canadian Geographic[16] and Nature [17] magazines.

The Canadian Science Writers Association bestowed a 2007 Science in Society journalism award for Gamble's first-person account of daily life at the Eureka High Arctic Weather Station.[18] Her travelogue of a canoe trip through the Thelon Game Sanctuary on a quest for muskox was selected for inclusion in the Best Canadian Essays 2009 anthology[19] and nominated for a National Magazine Award for Best Short Feature.[20]

At TED Global 2011 in Oxford, England, Gamble spoke about the natural sleep cycle of humans, which includes a two-hour waking period in the middle of the night. As of April 2014, the talk had more than one million views.[21]

Living in Yellowknife, capital of Canada's Northwest Territories, she worked as an editor at Up Here,[22] the magazine about Canada's North,[23] and served as writer in residence at the Yellowknife Public Library, mentoring local aspiring writers.[24]

In September 2014, Palgrave Macmillan published her book collaboration with fund manager Guy Spier, "The Education of a Value Investor".[25]


  1. ^ The Last Word on Nothing
  2. ^ The Siesta and the Midnight Sun: How Our Bodies Experience Time (Penguin)
  3. ^ BoingBoing: Science Book Club: The Siesta and the Midnight Sun
  4. ^ Treehouse Group Talks - Jessa Gamble on Daily Rhythms Around the World
  5. ^ Aeon magazine - The End of Sleep?
  6. ^ Jessa Gamble on CBC's The Current
  7. ^ 2014 Association of British Science Writers -- Best Feature award Archived 2014-06-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ New York Times website -- Blogging Heads: The Morality of Sleep
  9. ^ University of Toronto Magazine feature, Autumn 2011 - "Timing is Everything"
  10. ^ BoingBoing: Sleep Culture in the West and Elsewhere
  11. ^ The Guardian -- Jessa Gamble profile
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ Stories by Jessa Gamble -- Scientific American
  14. ^ New Scientist - Jessa Gamble author page
  15. ^ The Walrus - Author Archive: Jessa Gamble
  16. ^ Canadian Geographic -- "Salt of the Earth
  17. ^ Nature -- "When Hodgkin met Thatcher"
  18. ^ The Globe and Mail: "The Time Cues of Our Lives" by Alison Motluk
  19. ^ Best Canadian Essays 2009 anthology
  20. ^ National Magazine Awards Archive: Where the Muskox Roam
  21. ^ Gamble, Jessa (2010). Our natural sleep cycle (video). TEDGlobal 2010, Oxford, England: TED Conferences, LLC. Retrieved 2014-04-27. In today's world, balancing school, work, kids and more, most of us can only hope for the recommended eight hours of sleep. Examining the science behind our body's internal clock, Jessa Gamble reveals the surprising and substantial program of rest we should be observing.
  22. ^ National Post: "Listening to the Tick Tock of Your Body Clock" by Sarah Boesveld
  23. ^ Up Here magazine
  24. ^ Yellowknife Public Library: Writer in Residence
  25. ^ "Deals of the Week".

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