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Special Issue

Sleep and Health

Submission Deadline: October 15th, 2019 (Open)               Submit Now

Guest Editor

Grace E. Vincent, PhD
Central Queensland University, Appleton Institute, Wayville, Australia
E-Mail: [email protected]
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
E-Mail: [email protected]
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 Health and Help Seeking Behaviours in Australia: A Narrative Review
Authors: Kelly P Attard, Robert JT Adams, Andrew Vakulin, and Amy C Reynolds *
Affiliation: The Appleton Institute, CQUniversity Australia Wayville, Australia

Title: Association of sleep habits with various daily customs and self-reported academic performance among adolescents in Japan
Author: Jun Kohyama
Affiliation: Tokyo Bay Urayasu Ichikawa Medical Center, Japan

Title: Sleep and the Wellbeing and Academic Attainment of University Students Performance among Adolescents in Japan
Author: Andy Smith
Affiliation: Centre for Occupational and Health Psychology, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

Title: The Effects of Pupils’ Sleep Duration and Sleep Quality on School-Related Injuries
Authors: Sven Stadtmüller, Andrea Giersiefen
Affiliation: Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (FRA-UAS)

Title: Sleep dysfunction in fibromyalgia and current therapeutic approaches
Author: Kim Lawson
Affiliation: Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

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