Center for Innovation in Sleep Self-Management


Funding Opportunity – Due November 5, 2018

The Center for Innovation in Sleep Self-Management (CISSM) in collaboration with the ONR pilot research program is offering 1-year grants of up to $20,000. These grants are internally funded and are available to UW faculty members. One member of the research team is required to be a Registered Nurse. Projects that are responsive to this call will: 1) engage population(s) with chronic illness; 2) have a research focus on sleep deficiency, sleep health related to population health, precision health in relation to biomarkers, novel technology, or secondary data analysis of existing sleep data; 3) provide data that will be used for a larger extramural study. Indicate on the cover page of the proposal if you would like to be considered for CISSM funding.


Dr. Susan Dorsey Lecture

Please join us for Symptom Science Lecture by Dr. Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, entitled “Spinal mechanisms of spinal cord injury-induced neuropathic pain: Implications for novel, non-addictive therapeutic targets.”

Date: Friday, November 9, 2018
Time: 10:00 am-11:00 am
Room: T661; Health Sciences Building

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State Sleep Lecture Series

Yale School of Medicine will present lectures available via Zoom on Wednesdays through December, 2018 at 11 am (PST). Interested people can join remotely by Zoom at CME credit available! Click here for a complete schedule.

Three Reasons to Consider Later School Start Times

Click on the link above to read the latest recommendations about school start times for children.

Before and After the Intervention: Some Pragmatic Considerations

Click on the link above to hear the lecture by Kenneth Pike, PhD, Research Consultant in the Office for Nursing Research. (Please note, due to technical issues, the final 3 minutes of the recording are silent.)

Theory Driven Behavior Change Research

Click on the link above to hear the lecture by Dr. Danuta Kasprzyk, Research Professor in Family and Child Nursing.

Constructs, Outcomes, & Modifiable Mechanisms: Helping Her Heal as a Prototype

Click on the link above to hear the lecture by Dr. Fran Lewis,  Professor in Family and Child Nursing.

Description to Intervention: Improving Health Outcomes After Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Click on the link above to view to this talk by Cynthia Dougherty, ARNP, PhD.

American Academy of Nursing Releases Position Statement on Nurse Fatigue

The American Academy of Nursing today released its position statement recommending policies and practices that promote adequate, high quality sleep for nurses to contribute to safe nursing practice and patient care. Click on the link above to read the full position statement.

Vital Signs: Trends and Disparities in Infant Safe Sleep Practices – United States, 2009-2015

Jennifer M. Bombard, MSPH; Katherine Kortsmit, PhD; Lee Warner, PhD; et al.

Improved implementation of the safe sleep practices recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics could help reduce sleep-related infant mortality. CDC analyzed 2009–2015 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) data to describe infant sleep practices. Among all mothers responding, 21.6% reported placing their infant to sleep in a nonsupine position, 61.4% shared their bed with their infant, and 38.5% reported using soft bedding.

Click on link above to see the report.

Short Sleep Duration Among Middle School and High School Students — United States, 2015

CDC analyzed data from the 2015 national, state, and large urban school district Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBSs) to determine the prevalence of short sleep duration (<9 hours for children aged 6–12 years and <8 hours for teens aged 13–18 years) on school nights among middle school and high school students in the United States. Click on the link above to read the article.

 Night Shifts May Be Linked To Increased Cancer Risk In Women, Study Suggests.

TIME (1/8, Park) reports that research suggests “women who work the night shift have a 19% increased risk of developing cancer compared to women do not work at night.” The findings were published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. After analyzing data from 61 studies, researchers “found that women who worked night shifts for longer periods of time had a 41% higher risk of skin cancer, 32% higher risk of breast cancer and an 18% greater risk of digestive system cancers compared to women who did not work night shifts.” The data indicated that “the risk was highest among nurses who worked at night; their risk of developing breast cancer if they worked night shifts long term was 58% higher than nurses who didn’t have night shifts.”

HealthDay (1/8, Dallas) reports that the studies analyzed included “people from North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.” When the investigators “took into account for location, they found that only the night-shift workers from North America and Europe had a greater risk for breast cancer.” Medscape (1/8, Jenkins) also covers the story.

Letting teens sleep in would save the country roughly $9 billion a year

Read the article in the Washington Post by clicking on the link above.

Sleep Disorders Linked to Preterm Birth in Large California Study

Read the article from the University of California at San Francisco by clicking on the link above.

Why Is Sleep Important?

Click on the link above to read the latest from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute on the vital role sleep plays in all aspects of health and well-being across the life span.

Insufficient Sleep May Be Linked To Larger Waist, Study Suggests

In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post (7/31, Cha, 12.92M) reports that researchers studying “the connection between sleep and weight gain” found that study participants “who were sleeping an average of six hours each night had waist measurements about 1.2 inches…more than those getting nine hours of sleep a night.” Participants “with less sleep also weighed more.” The findings were published in PLOS One. Forbes (7/31, 14.59M) contributor David DiSalvo also discusses the findings.

Advances in the Science of Self-management
Shirley Moore, PhD, RN

Please click here to view the presentation

Sleep Behavior Change: Using Social Cognitive Theory for a Realistic and Family-Centered Intervention
Michelle Garrison, PhD

Please click here to view the presentation

Common Data Elements: On the Road to Big Data?

Dr. Hilaire Thompson’s talk was sponsored by the Office for Nursing Research and the Center for Innovation in Sleep Self-Management.

Watch the presentation HERE.

Recent Publications

We are happy to share 2 publications. Click here for links to the complete list of recent publications.

  • Pina, LR, Sien, S, Ward, T, Yip, JC, Munson, SA, Fogarty, J, & Kientz, JA (2017). From personal informatics to family informatics: Understanding family practices around health monitoring. CSCW ’17,  Portland, OR. doi:
  • Watson, NF, Buchwald, D, Delrow, JJ, Altemeier, WA, Vitiello, MV, Pack, AI, Bamshad, M, Noonan, C, Gharib, SA (2017). Transcriptional Signatures of Sleep Duration Discordance in Monozygotic Twins. Sleep, 40(1). doi: