The NICHD supports many areas of research on sleep, including the biological processes that occur during sleep, the effect of inadequate sleep on short- and long-term health and well-being, and the effect of illnesses, disorders, and other conditions on sleep. In addition, the NICHD supports research to understand how inadequate sleep affects behavior and health and how sleep benefits human health and development. The NICHD also supports research to identify effective treatments for people suffering from insomnia and other conditions that prevent adequate sleep.
In addition to these research areas, the NICHD seeks to identify the socioeconomic factors that affect sleep, as well as how inadequate sleep affects people on an individual level. The NICHD also conducts research on sleep health for infants and the factors that help ensure the safety of an infant’s sleeping environment.
Through collaborations with other organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the NICHD advances research on sleep and sleep disorders. The NICHD also supports research networks to improve the health of workers, families, and infants.
Through its many efforts in the area of sleep research, the NICHD addresses leading concerns regarding the need for adequate sleep and the effects of inadequate sleep on health.