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Special Issue "2nd Edition: Sleep and Wellbeing"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2023) | Viewed by 2801

Special Issue Editors

Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284-2018, USA
Interests: sleep health; sleep disparities; insomnia; aging; women; discrimination; postpartum; first responders; emerging adults
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Dr. Joseph M. Dzierzewski
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Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284-2018, USA
Interests: correlates and consequences of healthy and disordered sleep; clinical geropsychology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Given the success of the first edition of the Special Issue “Sleep Quality, Well-Being and Mental Health among Adults”, published in The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/special_issues/Sleep_Mental), we would like to continue exploring this topic. IJERPH is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. Over the past 6 years, we have seen a continuous growth of IJERPH and an increase in the impact factor, based on citation activity on the Web of Science database. For detailed information on the journal, we refer you to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.

Sleep is one of the main behavioral drivers for both mental and physical well-being. Although research has established that sleep deficiencies (insufficient or long sleep duration, poor sleep quality, or irregular timing of sleep) are a barrier to positive well-being, less is known about how sleep health promotes positive well-being and mental health. Sleep health provides a holistic picture of sleep, comprising multiple dimensions—including adequate duration, timing, regularity, efficiency, satisfaction, and daytime alertness. Furthermore, sleep health exists along a continuum, which extends our study of sleep beyond poor sleep, to include good sleep. Through accounting for a health-oriented perspective—as opposed to centering a disease-oriented perspective—we can better characterize all individuals in the population, and more deeply understand the benefits associated with healthy sleep.

Given the potential for research on sleep health to encompass multiple facets of sleep, both healthy and unhealthy, this Special Issue focuses on the role of sleep health for well-being and mental health specifically. We invite submissions of manuscripts focused on aspects—or multidimensional assessments—of sleep health, including both good and/or poor sleepers, considering disparities in sleep health, or accounting for the psychological, social, or behavioral promoters of sleep health.  

Dr. Natalie D. Dautovich
Dr. Joseph M. Dzierzewski
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • sleep health
  • well-being
  • insomnia
  • disparities

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Sleep and Social Wellness: Does Current Subjective and Objective Sleep Inform Future Social Well-Being?
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(18), 11668; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191811668 - 16 Sep 2022
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Objectives: The present study aimed to investigate the link between sleep and broader social well-being. Specifically, the current study evaluated whether subjective and objective sleep indices were associated with subsequent social well-being. Methods: The archival data from the Midlife in the United States [...] Read more.
Objectives: The present study aimed to investigate the link between sleep and broader social well-being. Specifically, the current study evaluated whether subjective and objective sleep indices were associated with subsequent social well-being. Methods: The archival data from the Midlife in the United States Study (MIDUS II and III, Project 1 and 4) were utilized for the current investigation. The participants completed cross-sectional surveys as part of their involvement in both study waves, 10 years apart. They were 213 adults, 59.6% female-identifying, with an average age of 56 years, who completed 8 days of sleep measurement via wrist actigraphy, sleep diary, as well as the PSQI. The participants also completed the measures of depressive symptoms and social well-being. Results: The actigraphic total sleep time, the diary-reported sleep quality, and the global sleep quality measured by the PSQI emerged as the significant predictors of social well-being over a 10-year period. Conclusions: The present study is an initial step in providing evidence for the importance of sleep for social functioning. Future research should attend to the association between past sleep behaviors and social functioning, specifically the mechanisms by which sleep is associated with social well-being as well as the temporal associations in an adult sample. Full article
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Evaluating the Efficacy of Electrical Vestibular Stimulation (VeNS) on Insomnia Adults: Study Protocol of a Double-Blinded, Randomized, Sham-Controlled Trial
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(4), 3577; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20043577 - 17 Feb 2023
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Insomnia is a common health problem in the general population. There are different ways to improve sleeping habits and quality of sleep; however, there is no clinical trial using transdermal neurostimulation to treat individuals with symptoms of insomnia in Asia. This gives us [...] Read more.
Insomnia is a common health problem in the general population. There are different ways to improve sleeping habits and quality of sleep; however, there is no clinical trial using transdermal neurostimulation to treat individuals with symptoms of insomnia in Asia. This gives us the impetus to execute the first study in Asia which aims to evaluate the efficacy of Electrical Vestibular Stimulation (VeNS) on individuals with insomnia in Hong Kong. This study proposes a two-armed, double-blinded, randomized, sham-controlled trial including the active VeNS and sham VeNS group. Both groups will be measured at baseline (T1), immediately after the intervention (T2), and at the 1-month (T3) and 3-month follow-up (T4). A total of 60 community-dwelling adults aged 18 to 60 years, with insomnia symptoms will be recruited in this study. All subjects will be computer randomized into either the active VeNS group or the sham VeNS group on a 1:1 ratio. All subjects in each group will receive twenty 30-min VeNS sessions during weekdays, which will be completed in a 4-week period. Baseline measurements and post-VeNS evaluation of the psychological outcomes (i.e., insomnia severity, sleep quality and quality of life) will also be conducted on all participants. The 1-month and 3-month follow-up period will be used to assess the short-and long-term sustainability of the VeNS intervention. For statistical analysis, a mixed model will be used to analyze the repeated measures data. Missing data will be managed by multiple imputations. The level of significance will be set to p < 0.05. Significance of the study: The results of this study will be used to determine whether this VeNS device can be considered as a self-help technological device to reduce the severity of insomnia in the community setting. We registered this clinical trial with the Clinical trial government, identifier: NCT04452981. Full article
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