National Sleep Disorders Research Plan
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Progress Index:
Sleep Neurobiology
Circadian Biology
Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB)
Sleep Deprivation

Progress since 1996
Research Recommendations
Research Training

Sleep Education:

There is now broad recognition of the curriculum inadequacies regarding sleep and its disorders at most medical schools and residency training programs. A Sleep Academic Award Program was established in 1996 to address these educational gaps. This program has led to the development of undergraduate and postgraduate sleep curricula, educational tools, and methods to enhance sleep knowledge. The awardees, working with national professional societies, have also begun to address sleep and fatigue in medical training. There have also been several public health education initiatives, including an effort to establish lifelong healthy sleep habits in school-age children begun in 2001 with Garfield, the "Star Sleeper" as the "spokescat" for healthy sleep. A high school biology curriculum on sleep, sleep disorders, and biological rhythms has also been created, as have programs to combat drowsy driving. Thus, a variety of educational activities have recently been implemented that have substantial potential impact on knowledge and public health behaviors. We need to consolidate and extend the research progress made to date and to translate new knowledge and discoveries into effective therapies and improved lifestyle behaviors for all Americans (as described in the Department of Health and Human Services 'Healthy People 2010' initiative). Sleep-related research must continue across the full spectrum from basic science to clinical investigation to community-based translational programs in order to apply what is known to improve public health and quality of human life.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Department of Health and Human Services (click here) First Gov Website (Click here)
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (Click Here) National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (Click Here)