The section aims to reflect the broad field of sleep disorders research, which, both historically and in scientific range, extends from laboratory molecular research to animal studies and human application, and from basic science to clinical research.
The section is devoted to publication of important research into the understanding of mechanisms of normal and abnormal patterns of sleep and sleep disturbance, as well as into the effectiveness of existing and novel modalities of treatment. The section aims to reflect the broad field of sleep disorders research, which, both historically and in scientific range, extends from laboratory molecular research to animal studies and human application, and from basic science in cell biology, genetics, physiology (neuro, respiratory, metabolic and circadian), memory and learning, to clinical research focused on psychology, psychiatry, neurology, respiratory medicine, endocrinology, cardiology, gastroenterology and nutrition, pediatrics and geriatrics, pharmacology, otolaryngology, and craniofacial surgery. Work continues in all these areas to unravel the functions of normal sleep and to discover the causes, consequences and best treatments for problems of sleep (including abnormalities in drive, need, amount, quality, form, depth, distribution, timing and continuity). The field is not new in the realm of basic science and animal work, but relatively new in its application to human everyday problems. Major gains in understanding of basic mechanisms, function, etiology and treatment have been made, but there are still considerable gaps where knowledge is meager and clinical decisions are still based on intuition, personal experience, anecdote, established but unsubstantiated methods, and isolated case reports. To diminish these uncertainties, to deepen our understanding of sleep, and to be able to base treatment on good science are the goals of Sleep Disorder.