#316: Michael Grandner, PhD – Societal, Social & Psychological Influences on Sleep

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Guest Bio

Michael Grandner, PhD ,MTR

Dr. Michael Grandner is the Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. He is Board-Certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

His research focuses on how sleep and sleep-related behaviors are related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, neurocognitive functioning, mental health, and longevity.

He has published over 150 articles and chapters on issues relating to sleep and health and his work has been cited over 2,500 times. He is associate editor of the journal Sleep Health and serves on the editorial boards of the journals SLEEP, Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Journal of Sleep Research, and Frontiers in Neurology: Sleep and Circadian Rhythms.

He has served on both the Mental Health Task Force and Interassociation Taskforce for Sleep and Wellness for the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), the Mental Health consensus committee for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and works to help improve sleep and performance in professional and non-professional athletes.  He has received awards and honors for his work from the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Sleep Research Society, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Heart Association, Population Association of America, Sleep Research Network, and other groups.

In This Episode We Discuss

  • Sleep is not just a set of physiologic processes, but sleep is also socially driven, dictated by the environment, and subject to interpersonal and societal factors
  • Social-ecological model applied to sleep
  • Sleep duration and quality are influenced by factors at the individual level, which is embedded within a social level, which itself is embedded within a societal level
  • How racial discrimination influences sleep
  • Significant sleep health disparities exist in the population
  • Mental health and sleep: which way is the arrow of causation?

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