Kyoto University School of Public Health

Summary of KUSPH Short Course on September 28, 2021

Generals 2021/10/11

Kyoto University School of Public Health Short Course on September 28, 2021.
Multidimensional Sleep Health: A New Paradigm for Sleep-Health Relationships and Behavioral Interventions


  • Prof. Daniel J. Buysse

MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Brief Description of the Short Course:

Good sleep is essential to good health, but which aspects of sleep are most important? Multidimensional sleep health—considering not only sleep duration, but also sleep timing, efficiency, regularity, and other dimensions—offers a powerful new paradigm for examining sleep-health relationships. This presentation will review the conceptual basis of multidimensional sleep health; statistical approaches to defining and measuring it; applications to sleep-health relationships across diverse racial, socioeconomic, and age groups; and treatment approaches informed by multidimensional sleep health.

Sleep is an important aspect for the human to prevent various diseases such as respiratory infection, coronary heart disease, depression, and other diseases. People who are suffering from sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea, circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders, and other symptoms may not only experience difficulties in their current lifestyle but also may have an impact on future health.
Prof. Buysse proposed that sleep health has been defined as “a multidimensional pattern of sleep-wakefulness, adapted to individual, social, and environmental demands, that promotes physical and mental well-being.” The importance of this concept is that sleep health can be as characterized as a multidimensional construct comprising different dimensions of sleep and circadian functioning, including satisfaction, sleepiness/alertness, timing, efficiency, duration, regularity, and rhythmicity.
The epidemiological studies have been conducted by Prof. Buysse, by sleep health measuring these dimensions was associated with depression, physical function, BMI, cardiometabolic morbidity, mortality, health care cost, and even mortality. Prof. Buysse pointed out that further studies of behavioral intervention for sleep health are required.

Special Thanks to:
Dr. Ryuji Furihata, Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Services, Kyoto University School of Public Health

Organized by:
Dr. Ayako Kohno, Program-specific Assistant Professor, Internationalization Promotion Office (IPO), Kyoto University School of Public Health