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The following Article Collections/ Thematic Series are currently open for submissions:
The Global Burden of Insufficient Sleep
Dove Medical Press is pleased to invite you to submit your research to an upcoming Article Collection on "The Global Burden of Insufficient Sleep" organized by Guest Advisors Prof. Seithikurippu R. Pandi-Perumal, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, and Prof. Dr. Ahmed S. BaHammam, Professor of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at King Saud University (KSU), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in Nature and Science of Sleep. This Article Collection is dedicated to recent advancements in the field of sleep medicine, particularly in the specific area of insufficient sleep.
Insufficient sleep among adults is defined as not getting enough sleep regularly. It is typically defined as getting less than 6-7 hours of sleep per night. The consequences of not getting enough sleep can include physical and mental health problems such as the increased risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, depression, and anxiety. It can also lead to decreased concentration, poor performance in school and at work, and an increased risk of accidents. The public health implications of insufficient sleep are far-reaching, as it can affect physical, mental, and economic health. It can lead to reduced productivity, higher healthcare costs, and decreased quality of life. As such, it is an important public health issue that needs to be addressed.
Scope of Interest
Papers suitable for this Article Collection may address a variety of subjects, including but not restricted to:
• Epidemic and epidemiology
• Nature, pathophysiology
• Age groups and sex differences
• Health disparity
• Relations to non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
• Role of the natural environment
• Physical and mental health
• Public health relevance
• Implications to global health
We encourage conceptual or empirical contributions that make use of novel theoretical perspectives and a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Updated and cutting-edge evaluations as well as new methodological advancements, are welcome.
This Article Collection also welcomes contributions from a wide range of interdisciplinary fields. This includes, but is not limited to biology, psychology, mental health, epidemiology, pathophysiology, and global health perspectives.
Original investigations and reviews are accepted. If any author(s) plans to submit reviews, kindly discuss your proposal with the Guest Advisors for possible overlap. All submissions must contain original, unpublished work not being considered for publication elsewhere, and must follow the submission guidelines. All submitted manuscripts will be reviewed as per the journal’s policy.
The deadline for submissions is July 31 2023.
Please submit your manuscript on our website, quoting the promo code QNHYA to indicate that your submission is for consideration in this Article Collection.
The Relationship between Sleep and Aging: Exploring the Complex Interplay and Implications for Healthy Aging
Dove Medical Press is pleased to invite you to submit your research to an upcoming Article Collection on "The Relationship between Sleep and Aging: Exploring the Complex Interplay and Implications for Healthy Aging", organized by Guest Advisor Dr. Alpar Lazar (University of East Anglia, UK) in Nature and Science of Sleep.
Sleep is a vital physiological process that plays a crucial role in overall health and wellbeing. As we age, changes in sleep patterns are common, which can lead to various negative consequences, including cognitive decline, mood disorders, and increased risk of chronic diseases. Therefore, understanding the dynamic relationship between sleep and aging is critical for promoting healthy aging.
This Article Collection aims to explore the complex interplay between sleep and aging and its implications for healthy aging. The collection will bring together research on the latest advancements in sleep science, including the underlying mechanisms of age-related sleep changes, the impact of sleep on physical and mental health, and potential interventions to improve sleep in older adults.
Subtopics that would fit this Article Collection (but are not limited to):
• Age-related changes in sleep architecture and sleep-dependent brain activity
• Age-related changes in cognitive vulnerability to sleep loss and mistimed sleep.
• Sex differences in the impact of sleep disturbances on cognitive performance and emotional wellbeing in older age
• Sleep disturbances and falls risk in older age
• The impact of sleep disturbances on aging-related cognitive decline
• The role of sleep in physical health and chronic diseases in aging
• Sleep and mental health in aging, including depression and anxiety
• Sleep interventions and treatments for older adults
• The role of technology in sleep monitoring and improvement in older adults
• Sleep and gut health in older age
• Sleep and social determinants of health in aging populations
• The impact of age-related changes in the circadian rhythm on sleep patterns and health outcomes in older adults.
• The effect of lifestyle interventions such as exercise and diet on sleep quality and its potential benefits for healthy aging.
• The effect of medication use on sleep quality and its potential impact on aging-related health outcomes.
• The relationship between sleep duration and the risk of cognitive decline and dementia in older adults.
• The impact of sleep duration on physical health outcomes in older adults, such as cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders.
• The impact of sleep duration on mood and mental health outcomes in older adults.
Please review the journal Aims and Scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.
The deadline for submitting manuscripts is November 30, 2023.
Please submit your manuscript on our website, quoting the promo code ZKWME to indicate that your submission is for consideration in this Article Collection.
Alpar Lazar, University of East Anglia
Dr. Alpar Lazar is an associate professor at the University of East Anglia, UK with a research interest in the significance of human sleep and circadian rhythmicity in brain health. He has been recently studying the effect of genetic risk factors of neurodegeneration on sleep architecture, brain oscillatory activity and cognitive vulnerability to sleep loss.
Sleep and COVID-19
Dove Medical Press is pleased to invite you to submit your research to an upcoming Article Collection on "Sleep and COVID-19", organized by Guest Advisor Dr. Cecilia Cheng (University of Hong Kong, China), in Nature and Science of Sleep.
The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to the world, affecting every aspect of our lives. One of the key areas of concern that has come to light is the impact of the pandemic on sleep. Sleep plays a crucial role in maintaining our physical and mental health, and any disruption to it can have significant consequences. With the outbreak of COVID-19, several factors have come into play that have had a profound impact on sleep, and this has led to an increased interest in the subject.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a range of changes in our daily lives that have contributed to sleep disruptions. For one, the pandemic has forced many people to work from home, which has led to changes in daily routines and work schedules. These changes have disrupted our circadian rhythms, the internal clock that regulates our sleep-wake cycle. Additionally, the pandemic has caused widespread anxiety and stress, which can lead to insomnia and other sleep disorders. Fear of contracting the virus, financial uncertainty, and social isolation have all contributed to increased levels of stress and anxiety, which can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. The pandemic has also led to changes in our physical activity levels and exposure to natural light. With many people confined to their homes and limited outdoor activities, there has been a decrease in physical activity and exposure to natural light. These factors can have a negative impact on sleep quality, as exposure to natural light and physical activity are both essential for regulating our circadian rhythms. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has also led to changes in sleep patterns among healthcare workers who are on the front lines of the pandemic. Healthcare workers are often required to work long hours, which can disrupt their sleep patterns and lead to chronic sleep deprivation. This can have serious consequences on their physical and mental health, and may even compromise their ability to provide quality care to their patients.
Sleep is an essential aspect of health and well-being, and disruptions to sleep can have significant impacts on physical and mental health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have experienced increased stress and anxiety, which can exacerbate sleep problems. Understanding the relationship between sleep quality and pandemic-related stress and anxiety is critical for developing effective interventions to support individuals' mental and physical health during and beyond the pandemic.
In conclusion, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered our daily lives, resulting in a profound impact on our sleep patterns. The pandemic has disrupted our circadian rhythms, increased stress and anxiety levels, reduced exposure to natural light and physical activity, and altered the sleep patterns of healthcare workers. As we continue to navigate this unprecedented situation, it is crucial that we pay close attention to the effects of these changes on our sleep and take necessary steps to maintain healthy sleep habits. As such, we organized an Article Collection with the aim of investigating the relationship between sleep quality and psychological distress, including but not limited to pandemic-related stress and anxiety. The collection also seeks to explore potential interventions that could improve sleep patterns during these challenging times.
Potential subtopics include (but are not limited to):
• The impact of COVID-19 on sleep quality and duration
• The relationship between pandemic-related stress and anxiety and sleep
• Interventions to improve sleep during the COVID-19 pandemic, including cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia, mindfulness-based interventions, and sleep hygiene education
• The impact of sleep disruptions on mental and physical health during the pandemic
• The role of technology in monitoring and improving sleep during the pandemic
• The impact of sleep on immune system functioning and susceptibility to infection
• The effects of social distancing measures on sleep patterns
• The impact of COVID-19 on sleep in certain occupations, such as healthcare workers and other frontline workers
• The effectiveness of public health messaging and education campaigns in promoting healthy sleep during the pandemic.
• Long-term consequences of COVID-19 on sleep disorders.
• Advantages and challenges of telemedicine in sleep medicine.
• Telemonitoring and its role in managing sleep-related conditions.
• Remote sleep studies and their efficacy during pandemics.
• Benefits and limitations of NIV during pandemics.
• Analysis of dream patterns and themes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Relationship between stress, anxiety, and pandemic-related dreams.
• Melatonin supplements and their efficacy in treating sleep disorders.
• Role of melatonin in managing sleep disturbances during pandemics.
• Impact of COVID-19 vaccines on sleep patterns and quality.
• Long-term effects of vaccinations on sleep disorders.
Please review the journal Aims and Scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.
The deadline for submitting manuscripts is December 31, 2023.
Please submit your manuscript on our website, quoting the promo code EJYZN to indicate that your submission is for consideration in this Article Collection.
Cecilia Cheng, University of Hong Kong
Cecilia Cheng is a professor of psychology at the University of Hong Kong, with expertise in various realms of psychology, including social, health, applied, personality, cross-cultural, and cyber-psychology. She has been elected as a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and has received prestigious awards including the Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and the ICP Early Career Research Award. Professor Cheng has also held editorial positions at several flagship journals in the field of psychology, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Health Psychology Review. At the University of Hong Kong, she has served as the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and currently the Associate Dean of the Graduate School.
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