Participate in a Study!Mission and Approach


The overall goal of the Sleep and Health Research Program is to:

  • Conduct research studies on the role of sleep in health in the real world, including
    • Clarifying downstream cardiometabolic and neurocognitive effects of habitual sleep duration and
    • Understanding upstream social, behavioral, and environmental determinants of sleep in real world settings;
  • Develop and implement successful sleep interventions for improving health;
  • Improve the understanding of the role of sleep in health disparities;
  • Translate basic sleep science findings into relevant, real-world applications;
  • Clarify when sleep is a unique contributor to health versus instances where sleep is simply a marker of another process;
  • Educate students, health professionals and the general public on the importance of sleep in the context of health; and
  • Empower corporations, athletic teams, and other organizations to develop and deploy system-based approaches for addressing sleep and health needs.


To accomplish these goals, we are engaged in the following:

  • Observational research studies to better understand the associations between sleep and health and performance.
  • Analyses of surveillance measures to document population-level trends in sleep and relationships to health and performance.
  • Experimental protocols to determine optimal intervention strategies.
  • Clinical trials to assess the efficacy and effectiveness of interventions.
  • Program development and evaluation for organizational initiatives.
  • Educational programs aimed at students, professionals, and the public.
  • Outreach efforts within the community to promote healthy sleep practices.


  • Sleep
    • Prospective diaries
    • Wrist actigraphy
    • Polysomnography
  • Physical Activity
    • Hip actigraphy
  • Diet
    • Standardized 24-h recall
    • Prospective diaries
    • Bionutritional analysis
  • Cardiovascular function and risk
    • Ambulatory blood pressure
    • Arterial tonometry
    • Anthropometry
    • Bioassays of inflammation
    • Bioassays of lipid profile
  • Metabolism
    • Glucose tolerance tests
    • Bioassays for insulin and glucose
    • Bioassays for metabolic hormones
  • Stress
    • Heart rate variability
    • Salivary and plasma cortisol
    • Bioassays of catecholamines
    • Galvanic skin response
  • Neurocognitive function
    • Psychomotor vigilance task (PVT-192, Palm, Android, Tablet)
    • Neuropsychological testing (paper/pencil and computer-based)
  • Psychiatric symptoms
    • Clinical interviews
    • SCID and MINI assessments
  • Environmental measures
    • Spectrophotometry
    • Photometry
    • Sound and noise recordings
    • Temperature/Humidity Logging
    • Pressure Transduction (for assessing sleeping surface)


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