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SYMPOSIUM 11: Sleep health disparities during COVID19 pandemic: A health equity issue

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SYMPOSIUM 11: Sleep health disparities during COVID19 pandemic: A health equity issue

CHAIRPERSON: Guido Simonelli1

PRESENTERS: Guido Simonelli1; Alberto Ramos2; Chandra Jackson3; Molly Billings4

AFFILIATIONS: 1 Université de Montréal; 2 University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; 3 Epidemiology Branch, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services; 4 University of Washington

DESCRIPTION: The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionally affecting disadvantaged populations and racial/ethnic minorities, who are already disproportionately burdened by insufficient sleep, poor sleep quality, and sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea. Differences in one or more dimensions of sleep health on a consistent basis that adversely affect designated disadvantaged populations and racial/ethnic minorities are often referred as sleep health disparities. Sleep health disparities can be largely explained by a complex interplay of social and physical environmental factors and appear to share many of the same determinants and causal pathways observed for health outcomes with well-known disparities. In this symposium we will provide an overview of sleep health disparities, including sources and pathways for these disparities, and we will discuss how these disparities may be amplified in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.


  1. To understand the social and environmental factors that lead to sleep health disparities
  2. To understand the distal health impacts of sleep health disparities
  3. To understand how the COVID19 pandemic may exacerbate existing sleep health disparities