Global Sleep Health

There is mounting scientific evidence – from basic science to population research – that strongly supports sleep as a health imperative. Sleep is essential for physical, mental, and social well-being.

Starting with the Global Sleep Health Task Force, World Sleep Society is now building collaborative networks that reach across the world to advocate for the inclusion of sleep health in public health and policy agendas.

Learn more about our priorities below and sign up for updates to get involved.

Global Sleep Health Task Force
Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD (United States) – Chair
Lamia Afifi, MD (Egypt)
Claudio Bassetti, MD, PhD (Switzerland)
Peter Eastwood, PhD (Australia)
Fang Han, MD (China)
Birgit Högl, MD (Austria)

Diane C. Lim, MD (United States)
Charles Morin, PhD (Canada)
Arezu Najafi, MD (Iran)
Allan I. Pack, MBChB, PhD (United States)
Dalva Poyares, MD, PhD (Brazil)

Call to Action Published in The Lancet Public Health

On September 28, the Global Sleep Health Task Force published a viewpoint in The Lancet Public Health calling for health policy decisionmakers worldwide to recognize sleep health as a foundation of human health. The viewpoint specifies three actions for government at all levels, researchers and other stakeholders:

  • Educate: promote sleep and circadian health education and awareness
  • Research: collect and centralize standard sleep and circadian data in every country
  • Implement public health policies: include sleep health initiatives to advance public health agendas

Read the complete text in The Lancet Public Health:

World Sleep Society Priorities on Global Sleep Health

Support and inform the development of sleep health guidelines

  • Collect international sleep health data
  • Facilitate discussions among sleep health experts regarding global sleep health
  • Build connections with policy decision-makers

Increase the pipeline of sleep medicine professionals

  • Facilitate mentorship and training
  • Empower young professionals with high-visibility opportunities for contribution & collaboration

Work with organizations and local governments to increase awareness

  • Provide sleep health expertise to community health stakeholders
  • Promote sleep health public awareness campaigns and activities

Useful Links to Sleep and Circadian Health

NIH Health Curriculum on Sleep

NIH Free Bookshelf on Sleep and Circadian Health

Useful Questionnaires to Evaluate Sleep and Circadian Health

Useful Questionnaires to Evaluate Sleep and Circadian Health

Dimensions of Sleep
Functional Outcomes of Sleep Questionnaire (FOSQ)
Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI)
Sleep Quality Scale (SQS)
Basic Nordic Sleep Questionnaire (BNSQ)
Richards Campbell Sleep Questionnaire (RCSQ)
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS)
Stanford Sleepiness Scale (SSS)
SCOPA-Sleep-Daytime Sleepiness subscale
Karolinska Sleepiness Scale
Circadian Rhythm
Morningness – Eveningness Questionnaire (MEQ)
Munich Chronotype Questionnaire (MCTQ)
The Sleep Timing Questionnaire (STQ)
Sleep Condition Indicator (SCI
Insomnia Severity Index (ISI)
Bergen Insomnia Scale (BIS)
Daytime Insomnia Symptom Scale (DISS)
Insomnia Symptom Questionnaire (ISQ)
Pittsburgh Insomnia Rating Scale (PIRS)
The Arabic Scale of Insomnia (ASI)
Athens Insomnia Scale
Sleep Apnea
Sleep Disorders Questionnaire (SDQ)
Berlin Questionnaire
Self-efficacy in Sleep apnea (SEMSA)
Calgary Sleep Apnea Quality of Life Index (SAQLI)
Quebec Sleep Questionnaire (QSQ)
STOP Questionnaire (SQ)
Restless Legs Syndrome
International Restless Legs Scale (IRLS)
Augmentation Severity Rating Scale (ASRS)
Restless Legs Syndrome Quality of Life Questionnaire (RLSQoL)
Restless Legs Syndrome- Diagnostic Index (RLS-DI)19
Kohnen Restless Legs Syndrome Quality of Life Questionnaire (KRLS-QOL)
Pediatric Restless Legs Syndrome Severity Scale (P-RLS-SS)
Cataplexy questionnaire
Swiss narcolepsy scale (SNS)
Ullanlinna narcolepsy scale (UNS)
Idiopathic Hypersomnia Severity Scale
Fatigue severity scale (FSS)
Multidimensional assessment of fatigue (MAF)
Multidimensional fatigue inventory (MFI-20)
Mini Sleep Questionnaire (MSQ)
Oviedo Sleep Questionnaire (OSQ)
Athens Sleep Questionnaire (ASQ)
Simple Four Variables (SFV)
Daily Cognitive Communication and Sleep Profile (DCCASP)
Brock sleep and insomnia questionnaire (BSIQ)
Dysfunctional beliefs and attitudes about sleep scale (DBAS)
Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS
Leeds Sleep Evaluation Questionnaire (LSEQ)
Global Sleep Assessment Questionnaire (GSAQ)
Wisconsin Sleep Questionnaire (WSQ)

Hear from the Global Sleep Health Task Force

There is a critical need for sustained, focused collaboration among international experts, advocates, and policy decision-makers to advance global sleep health. World Sleep Society is providing resources and networking opportunities for this important work.

Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD, and President of World Sleep Society
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, United States

When considering ‘sleep health across the globe,’ we must account for the many modifiable environmental and social factors that substantially impact sleep and contribute to differential health status across populations. These factors include (but are not limited to) housing, food, and energy insecurity, poor air quality, as well as many types of traumatic childhood experiences across the life course including war and conflict. The challenge is complex, but with international investment and transdisciplinary collaboration, it is entirely possible to advance sleep health across the globe.

Chandra Jackson, PhD
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, United States

Coherent global measures of sleep would present an exciting opportunity to better understand sleep health and track its development.

Dr. Arezu Najafi
Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Sleep is essential to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being at all ages. We should start to think about sleep like we do nutrition and exercise – as a pillar of health and wellness.

Dr. Lamia Afifi
Cairo University, Egypt

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