Disparities in Sleep Health and Potential Intervention Models: A Focused Review.
Disparities in sleep health are important but under-recognized contributors to health disparities. Understanding the factors contributing to sleep heath disparities and developing effective interventions are critical to improving all aspects of heath. Sleep heath disparities are impacted by socio-economic status, racism, discrimination, neighborhood segregation, geography, social patterns and access to healthcare as well as by cultural beliefs necessitating a cultural appropriateness component in any intervention devised for reducing sleep health disparities. Pediatric sleep disparities require innovative and urgent intervention to establish a foundation of lifelong healthy sleep. Tapping the vast potential of technology in improving sleep health access may be an underutilized tool to reduce sleep heath disparities. Identifying, implementing, replicating and disseminating successful interventions to address sleep disparities have the potential to reduce overall disparities in health and quality of life.