Sleep, Health, and Society

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Biological needs for sleep are met by engaging in behaviors that are largely influenced by the environment, social norms and demands, and societal influences and pressures. Insufficient sleep duration and sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea are highly prevalent in the US population. This article outlines some of these downstream factors, including cardiovascular and metabolic disease risk, neurocognitive dysfunction, and mortality, as well as societal factors such as age, sex, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomics. This review also discusses societal factors related to sleep, such as globalization, health disparities, public policy, public safety, and changing patterns of use of technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-340
Number of pages22
JournalSleep Medicine Clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2020


  • Disparities
  • Epidemiology
  • Health
  • Sleep
  • Sleep disorders
  • Social factors
  • Society

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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