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Special Issue

Sleep and Health

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2020 (Closed) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Grace E. Vincent, PhD

Central Queensland University, Appleton Institute, Wayville, Australia

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Research Interests: Shiftwork; Sleep; Physical Activity; Exercise and Sport Science, Physical Activity Assessment; Worker Health and Safety


Michele Lastella, PhD

Central Queensland University, Appleton Institute for Behavioural Science; Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Wayville, Australia

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Research Interests: Sleep/Wake Behaviour; Sexual Behaviour; Psychological Well-Being; Sports Psychology; Recovery

About this topic

A healthy diet, regular exercise, and quality sleep are the “three pillars” of a healthy life. Compared to diet and exercise, sleep is a less marketable aspect of health and as a result, gets considerably less attention. We are currently in a sleep loss global epidemic, with as many as 45% of adults not meeting sleep recommendations. Sleep plays a critical role in both physical and mental health throughout the lifespan. Inadequate sleep is associated with the onset and development of chronic disease, psychological disorders, and premature mortality. Therefore, it is imperative that we continue to design interventions and public health strategies to improve sleep health. This special issue will seek to address topics related to the health consequences of inadequate sleep, how other aspects of lifestyle (e.g., work) may influence sleep, and discuss interventions/solutions to improve sleep health.

Potential topics include but are not limited to;

  • Basic sleep physiology
  • Consequences of inadequate sleep
  • The influence of various agents on sleep (medications, caffeine etc)
  • The impact of lifestyle behaviours on sleep (work, physical activity, dietary patterns)
  • Sleep as a public health issue
  • Sleep in special populations (athletes, shiftworkers, travelers)
  • Sleep-related health conditions

Original research reports, review articles, communications, and perspectives are welcome in all areas pertinent to this topic. All accepted papers will be published free of charge.

Planned Papers

Title: Sleep: Relevance to immunity, behavior and disease
Author: Surbhi
Affiliation: Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA


Open Access Original Research

A Participation-Focused Exercise Intervention for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Feasibility, Acceptability, and Impact on Sleep and Wellbeing

Received: 17 November 2020;  Published: 06 May 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.neurobiol.2102094


Sleep-related difficulties are common in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Poor sleep health is associated with detrimental impacts not only for the child/young person, but also their family members. Exercise is considered to be important for sleep health, improving duration and quality of sleep in adult studies, howev [...]
Open Access Review

Epigenetics of Sleep Disruption

Received: 27 June 2020;  Published: 08 September 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.neurobiol.2003071


Sleep plays an important role in maintaining brain function, memory consolidation, hormonal balance, immune system function, growth, and repair. The physiological and psychological effects of disruptions in sleep highlight its importance in human health and wellness. Epigenetic roles are proposed in sleep, and circadian regulation, but onl [...]
Open Access Original Research

The Effects of Subjective and Objective Sleep Monitoring on Sleep Patterns and Attitudes

Received: 22 November 2019;  Published: 11 March 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.neurobiol.2001052


Self-reports and actigraphy are common methods of sleep monitoring. Portable polysomnography (p-PSG) may serve as a screening tool in natural environments. Common concerns with its use are that sleep and compliance might be affected. Further, dysfunctional beliefs of the subjects may contribute to sleep disturbances, which might manifest throu [...]
Open Access Review

Sleep Dysfunction in Fibromyalgia and Therapeutic Approach Options

Received: 05 November 2019;  Published: 20 January 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.neurobiol.2001049


Fibromyalgia, characterised by persistent pain, sleep disturbance, fatigue and cognitive dysfunction, is a central sensitivity syndrome that also involves abnormality in peripheral generators and in the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis. Heterogeneity of clinical expression of fibromyalgia with a multifactorial aetiology has made the develop [...]
Open Access Original Research

Exploring Quality of Sleep, Perceived Stress and Resilience in Cancer Survivorship: A Feasibility Study of Mindfulness in Motion

Received: 02 April 2019;  Published: 11 December 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.neurobiol.1904047


(1) Background: The global principles of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) have led to the creation of Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs), which are interventions that retrain the mind to modify its usual stress response to increase coping and resilience. Mindfulness in Motion (MIM) is an educational MBI that has shown significant [...]
Open Access Research Article

The Relationship between Sleep Quality and Eating Competence in A Sample of Canadian Post-Secondary Students

Received: 09 August 2019;  Published: 31 October 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.neurobiol.1904044


Background: Post-secondary students are at increased risk for sleep problems and poor eating behaviours that overtime may lead to negative health outcomes later in life. However, limited research has examined associations of sleep quality with eating behaviours and eating competence (e.g., being positive, flexible, and comfortable with eating [...]
Open Access Original Research

Melatonin Aggravated Oxaliplatin-Mimicking Sinusoidal Obstruction Syndrome: Role of Platelet Aggregation and Oxidative Stress

Received: 31 March 2019;  Published: 17 July 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.neurobiol.1903033


(1) Background: Sinusoidal obstruction syndrome is a liver injury induced either by accidental ingestion of pyrrolizidine alkaloid monocrotaline or by chemotherapeutic drug oxaliplatin used for the treatment of colorectal cancer. Sinusoidal obstruction syndrome is characterized by rounding and swelling of the sinusoidal endothelial cell, which [...]
Open Access Review

Sleep and Help Seeking Behaviours in Australia: A Narrative Review

Received: 22 March 2019;  Published: 27 June 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.neurobiol.1902029


Inadequate sleep is a largely under recognised problem in Australian communities despite researchers consistently highlighting it as a key component of health and wellbeing. Over a third of Australian adults now experience some form of inadequate sleep, which is strongly linked to a range of accompanying physical and mental health concerns [...]