April 25, 1979 |
|Alma mater||Lisgar Collegiate Institute
University of Toronto
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. Her book, The Siesta and the Midnight Sun: How Our Bodies Experience Time (Penguin Group), documents the rituals surrounding daily rhythms. Along with local languages and beliefs, these schedules are losing their global diversity and succumbing to what Gamble calls “circadian imperialism.” 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  by making it more efficient and concentrated. One of her articles on the subject won the 2014 Best Feature award at the Science Writers' Awards for Britain and Ireland. She is a regular commentator on issues around sleep, such as the morality of sleep, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and cultural differences in daily rhythms.
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. 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 and nominated for a National Magazine Award for Best Short Feature.
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[update], the talk had more than one million views.
Living in Yellowknife, capital of Canada's Northwest Territories, she worked as an editor at Up Here, the magazine about Canada's North, and served as writer in residence at the Yellowknife Public Library, mentoring local aspiring writers.
- The Last Word on Nothing
- The Siesta and the Midnight Sun: How Our Bodies Experience Time (Penguin)
- BoingBoing: Science Book Club: The Siesta and the Midnight Sun
- Treehouse Group Talks - Jessa Gamble on Daily Rhythms Around the World
- Aeon magazine - The End of Sleep?
- Jessa Gamble on CBC's The Current
- 2014 Association of British Science Writers -- Best Feature award
- New York Times website -- Blogging Heads: The Morality of Sleep
- University of Toronto Magazine feature, Autumn 2011 - "Timing is Everything"
- BoingBoing: Sleep Culture in the West and Elsewhere
- The Guardian -- Jessa Gamble profile
- Stories by Jessa Gamble -- Scientific American
- New Scientist - Jessa Gamble author page
- The Walrus - Author Archive: Jessa Gamble
- Canadian Geographic -- "Salt of the Earth
- Nature -- "When Hodgkin met Thatcher"
- The Globe and Mail: "The Time Cues of Our Lives" by Alison Motluk
- Best Canadian Essays 2009 anthology
- National Magazine Awards Archive: Where the Muskox Roam
- 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.
- National Post: "Listening to the Tick Tock of Your Body Clock" by Sarah Boesveld
- Up Here magazine
- Yellowknife Public Library: Writer in Residence
- "Deals of the Week".