What We Do
Sleep loss hampers our ability to concentrate, reduces motivation and creativity, and increases irritability. Insufficient sleep jeopardizes our personal health, our workplace productivity, and the well-being of our communities.
In the United States, working days lost due to insufficient sleep and sleep disorders account for $411 billion in economic losses and represent 2.28 percent of our country’s GDP annually. The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has described the rising trend of insufficient sleep as “an unmet public health problem.” Thanks to breakthroughs in the field of sleep research, we are now beginning to understand the fundamental importance of sleep.
While we know that individuals differ in how they respond to sleep loss, shift work, and other sleep/circadian disruptions, we do not yet know how to predict those differences, or how to use them to decrease health and occupational risks and increase productivity. Sleep and circadian research matters, and it is vital that we continue to probe and investigate if we are to unlock these mysteries and so many more.
While there is no shortage of innovative thinking and ideas in the field of sleep research, there is a shortage of investigators to spearhead sleep-related research projects, specifically early-career investigators. The SRS and SRSF are uniquely positioned to address the current critical shortage of early-career sleep researchers through our programs: career development award, mentor/mentee award and travel awards.
The Sleep Research Society Foundation is committed to the growth and development of the field of sleep and circadian research through education and research funding opportunities.