Addressing sleep deserts: A proposed call for action

Hrayr Attarian*, Galit Levi Dunietz, Ronald Gavidia-Romero, Erica Jansen, Dayna A. Johnson, Alexa Kelman, Kristen Knutson

*Corresponding author for this work

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Sleep deserts are a major cause of health inequity. They occur primarily in disadvantaged neighborhoods because of structural racism, social and environmental factors, and dearth of medical services. We describe several strategies that can serve as a feasible action plan to target structural racism, environmental pollution, and impact of climate change. We also suggest ways healthcare providers in these underserved areas can incorporate sleep medicine into their practice. Lastly, we highlight strategies to increase community awareness of sleep health in a culturally sensitive manner. There are several ways, from a policy level to healthcare that we can begin to eliminate sleep deserts, which is urgently needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSleep Health
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Climate change
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Health equity
  • Pollution
  • Sleep deserts
  • Structural racism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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