The National Center for Sleep Disorders Research--housed at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute--has released a new report that outlines recent advances in sleep research and recommends areas for future work. It should serve as a key reference for psychologists seeking federal funding for sleep research.
Among other issues of concern to psychologists, the plan calls for further research on the behavioral, cognitive and affective consequences of sleep disturbances and the use of behavioral methods to improve treatment compliance, says sleep researcher David F. Dinges, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
"The report notes that psychologists have become increasingly important in the identification and treatment of sleep disorders and recommends a needs-based assessment of educational gaps in sleep training among psychologists to ensure they remain abreast of this fast-moving field," he adds. Dinges was a member of the interdisciplinary task force that produced the plan.
Sections of the plan are devoted to basic sleep science, neurobehavioral and physiological effects of restricted sleep, new research technologies, sleep and health, sleep disorders, pediatrics, and education and training.