Today@Wayne: Just a few months into the research, the study “Improving outcomes for patients with SDB and insufficient sleep” was paused because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

During the pause period, the team restructured the study elements, which allowed the resumption of enrollment, either in person or virtually. The plan is to enroll about 500 participants over the next four years.

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting disruptions among the population presents other challenges that impact sleep health, according to Badr. “Overall, the impact of the pandemic on sleep health is negative…that’s a general observation on my part.”