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Special Issue "Current Research on Sleep and Public Health"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2024 | Viewed by 136

Special Issue Editors

1. Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, The University of Milan, 20122 Milan, Italy
2. Department of Internal Medicine, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, 20122 Milan, Italy
Interests: autonomic nervous system; dysautonomia; sleep; syncope
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Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Interests: sleep; cardiovascular control; motor control
Sleep Medicine Center, Department of Neuroscience, Niguarda Hospital, 20162 Milan, Italy
Interests: sleep; parasomnia; insomnia

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to present the Special Issue titled “Current Research on Sleep and Public Health”.

A “healthy” sleep is a key element for a healthy life. However, in recent decades, it has been observed that an important impairment of sleep, due to sleep disorders, such as insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea, and to the burden of sleep deprivation. Sleep-related problems can affect people of all ages and socioeconomic levels with relevant direct and indirect costs for healthcare systems.

Altered sleep can have an important impact on several aspects of daily life. Pathological sleep is significantly associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality mainly due to cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. However, people with altered sleep can experience daytime symptoms such as sleepiness, fatigue, impaired attention and mood alterations, with severe impact on family, social and occupational life.

It is worth noticing that the link between sleep alterations and daily life conditions is bidirectional. In this perspective, the relation between sleep and public health is fundamental for the individual and global health. Good sleep means good health and vice versa. 

This Special Issue aims to investigate different elements of sleep with respect to public health, with a specific focus on the following aspects: (1) to investigate the molecular and biological pathways involved in different conditions characterized by a pathological sleep; (2) to unveil the impact of sleep and sleep disorders on public health, in order to improve the health of people and their communities; (3) to assess the bidirectional link between physiological and pathological sleep and the environment.

The Special Issue will welcome original experimental studies, systemic review, meta-analysis as well as narrative reviews addressing the topic of the bidirectional link between physiological and pathological sleep and public health.

Dr. Eleonora Tobaldini
Dr. Alessandro Silvani
Dr. Paola Proserpio
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • sleep
  • public health
  • sleep disorder
  • sleep deprivation
  • autonomic nervous system
  • environment
  • prevention
  • health-related quality of life

Published Papers

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