Relationships between sleep and health are generally appreciated, but poorly understood. The fundamental biological need for sleep remains a mystery. The key biological signals driving sleep and wakefulness remain uncertain. Problems with sleep affect over 50 million Americans, and these problems increase with age. Over 70 sleep disorders are now recognized, and nationally, sleep disorders have a profound negative impact on quality of life, school and workplace productivity, risks for cardiovascular and metabolic disease and even public safety, because of accidents associated with excessive sleepiness.
The Center for Narcolepsy, Sleep and Health Research is dedicated to transforming our understanding in order to improve, preserve and promote health through good sleep. Established in 1987, the Center serves as an important source of sleep science and health expertise for colleagues, aspiring sleep researchers, patients and families. We employ three important and inter-related approaches:
• Research into sleep and sleep-related disorders including mechanisms, manifestations, consequences and management. Our approach is transdisciplinary; integrating key concepts and methods drawn from Nursing and Medical Sciences, Biological and Social Sciences, Psychological and Physiological Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering and Imaging Sciences, to implement basic, clinical translational, behavioral and outcomes oriented research.
• Educate outstanding young scientists for productive careers in sleep and health research; and provide evidence-based and cutting edge patient, clinician and community education and support.
• Transfer discoveries, technology and know-how developed through research into practice or into the private sector for commercial development and ultimate community health benefits.