Healio: Excessive daytime sleepiness, nonrestorative sleep and sleep behaviors all play a significant role in sleep health, according to results of a network analysis of sleep variables published in Sleep Epidemiology.

“As with other health behaviors, sleep health was traditionally modeled using psychosocial techniques such as the Health Belief Model or the Theory of Planned Behavior,” Gauld Christophe, of the department of psychiatry at the University of Grenoble in France, and colleagues wrote. “These techniques are particularly interesting for sleep behavior change. However, such psychosocial modeling is unable to model the impact of the multiple symptoms related to sleep disorders, sleep disturbance, as well as comorbidities on sleep health.”

According to the researchers, network analysis has proved beneficial in other health domains for integrating multifactorial variables; however, it has yet to be used for sleep health. Recent data suggest network analysis has significant potential in this area.

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