Disparities in Sleep Health and Potential Intervention Models: A Focused Review

Martha E. Billings, Robyn T. Cohen, Carol M. Baldwin, Dayna A. Johnson, Brian N. Palen, Sairam Parthasarathy, Sanjay R. Patel, Maureen Russell, Ignacio E. Tapia, Ariel A. Williamson, Sunil Sharma

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Disparities in sleep health are important but underrecognized contributors to health disparities. Understanding the factors contributing to sleep heath disparities and developing effective interventions are critical to improving all aspects of heath. Sleep heath disparities are impacted by socioeconomic status, racism, discrimination, neighborhood segregation, geography, social patterns, and access to health care as well as by cultural beliefs, necessitating a cultural appropriateness component in any intervention devised for reducing sleep health disparities. Pediatric sleep disparities require innovative and urgent intervention to establish a foundation of lifelong healthy sleep. Tapping the vast potential of technology in improving sleep health access may be an underutilized tool to reduce sleep heath disparities. Identifying, implementing, replicating, and disseminating successful interventions to address sleep disparities have the potential to reduce overall disparities in health and quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1232-1240
Number of pages9
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2021


  • bioinformatics
  • health disparities
  • sleep
  • vulnerable population

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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