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The Social Epidemiology of Sleep

Dustin T. Duncan, Ichiro Kawachi, and Susan Redline


Sleep, along with the sleep-related behaviors that impact sleep quality, have emerged as one of the major determinants of health and well-being (alongside good diet, regular exercise, and not smoking). In turn research is beginning to identify that sleep is strongly socially patterned—by socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, immigrant status, stage of the life course, work experiences, stress, and neighborhood contexts. Yet no textbook currently exists that brings together the accumulated evidence on the social epidemiology of sleep. This book is targeted toward (a) social epidemiologists who ... More

Keywords: public health, population health, social epidemiology, sleep health, sleep epidemiology, sleep promotion, sleep disorders, sleep quality, insufficient sleep, sleep deprivation

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190930448
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190930448.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dustin T. Duncan, editor
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine

Ichiro Kawachi, editor
John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Social Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Susan Redline, editor
Peter C. Farrell Professor of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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Part I An Introduction to Sleep Epidemiology

1 Sleep Epidemiology

Dustin T. Duncan, ScD, Ichiro Kawachi, MBChB, PhD, and Susan Redline, MD, MPH

2 Sleep Epidemiology

Susan Redline, MD, MPH, Brian Redline, BA, and Peter James, ScD

Part II Sleep Health Over the Life Course and Among Special Populations

3 Sleep in Pregnancy

Louise M. O’Brien, PhD, MS and Galit L. Dunietz, MPH, PhD

4 Sleep Among Children

Judith Owens, MD, MPH and Monica Ordway, PhD, APRN, PPCNP-BC

5 Sleep Among Working Adults

Faith S. Luyster, PhD, Lynn M. Baniak, PhD, RN, Eileen R. Chasens, PhD, RN, Christine A. Feeley, PhD, RN, Christopher C. Imes, PhD, RN, and Jonna L. Morris, PhD, RN

6 Sleep Among Older Adults

Katie L. Stone, PhD and Vicki Li

7 Race as a Social Determinant of Sleep Health

Rebecca Robbins, PhD, Azizi Seixas, PhD, Natasha Williams, EdD, Byoungjun Kim, MUP, Judite Blanc, PhD, João Nunes, MD, and Girardin Jean-Louis, PhD

8 Sleep Health Among Sexual and Gender Minorities

Brett M. Millar, PhD, William C. Goedel, BA, and Dustin T. Duncan, ScD

9 Sleep Among Immigrants

Sunmin Lee, ScD, Natalie Slopen, ScD, and Seo Young Hong, MPH

Part III Social Determinants of Sleep

10 Socioeconomic Status and Sleep

Michael A. Grandner, PhD, MTR

11 Exposure to Discrimination and Sleep

Tené T. Lewis, PhD and Izraelle I. McKinnon, MPH

12 Family Relationships in the Context of Sleep

Eunjin Lee Tracy, PhD and Wendy M. Troxel, PhD

13 Bidirectional Relationships Between Work and Sleep

Chandra L. Jackson, PhD, MS, Soomi Lee, PhD, Tori L. Crain, PhD, and Orfeu M. Buxton, PhD

15 Connecting Neighborhoods and Sleep Health

Dayna A. Johnson, PhD, MPH, MS, MSW,Yazan A. Al-Ajlouni, BA, and Dustin T. Duncan, ScD

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