What is SLEEP EPIDEMIOLOGY? What does SLEEP EPIDEMIOLOGY mean? Meaning of SLEEP EPIDEMIOLOGY – definition of SLEEP EPIDEMIOLOGY – explanation of SLEEP EPIDEMIOLOGY.
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The epidemiology of sleep is an emerging branch of the discipline of epidemiology. It is a growing field of scientific research, with the first documented modern epidemiological survey that was conducted in 1979.
There is a great interest in sleep research in the United Kingdom, Europe and the world. In the United Kingdom and the United States, this manifests itself in research centers that often have sleep laboratories where sleep patterns and conditions of individuals can be observed, as well as the effect of various treatments. Similarly, the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders are evident in clinical and health care centers, sometimes in partnership with universities.
The importance of sleep in our health and well-being is increasingly recognized. The field of research on sleep has been led mainly by the discipline of psychology, focusing for example on the dream of rapid eye movement, dreams and studies of memory consolidation. Clinicians and doctors have become less interested in the causes and consequences of good and poor sleep. It is often used as a sign of an existing illness, such as depression (mood). More recently, Pulmonology has developed methods to identify breathing with sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea.
As a result, the field of sleep medicine has become a subspecialty of increasingly popular medicine. In order to provide evidence for this medical specialty, the epidemiology of sleep provides data on the incidence and prevalence of good and poor sleep. This allows the collection of evidence of the causes and consequences of the quantity and quality of sleep in the population. The studies provide the direction to investigate sleep interventions to improve health and well-being. The United States dominates in this field. The epidemiology of sleep has provided evidence of the association between sleep and various diseases, especially metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. It is also related to known risk factors for diseases such as obesity.
The epidemiology of sleep is based on fields such as: sleep medicine, statistics, psychology, epidemiology, economics, biology and mathematics.
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