Rest Assured: The Web Can Help You Sleep Better
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Around the world scientists are constantly experimenting, polling, and researching in the area of sleep to better understand its function and importance. A number of the world's largest sleep societies publish their findings in the form of papers and articles in academic journals. Lucky for us, the contents of these journals are available online so that, should we be so inclined, we can keep on the cutting edge of modern sleep scholarship.
- The following journals have varying degrees of accessibility. For instance Journal Sleep and Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine make abstracts for articles in current issues available, but require users to either subscribe or obtain association memberships to access full text. The Journal of Sleep Research and Sleep and Biological Rhythms make much more available for free, but still require subscription fees for total access.
- As scholarly journals, the articles are heavily technical in nature, which may be great for some, but possibly unnecessary for the layman. Before subscribing, check out sample articles, abstracts, and titles to see whether you'd be interested.
For sleep research journals …
is the official publication of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Contents are geared toward scientists and clinicians engaged in sleep study and research. Articles are scholarly in nature, and deal with complex medical issues related to sleep. Two articles from the March 2007 issue are "Altered Circadian and Homeostatic Sleep Regulation in Prokineticin 2-Deficient Mice" and "Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Study of Brain Metabolism in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome before and after Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Treatment."
Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine
publishes papers and articles that are directly related to the clinical practice of sleep medicine. In order to access articles in their entirety you must be a registered member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Details on becoming a member are available on the site.
Journal of Sleep Research
is published on behalf of the European Sleep Research Society. The JSR makes most of their content available for download, or for viewing in HTML form, and visitors can access the contents of a free sample issue.
Sleep and Biological Rhythms
is the official journal of the Japanese Society of Sleep Research. As with the previous three journals, articles are published by scientists and researchers recapping recent findings and studies. They're highly technical, written specifically for members of the academic and medical communities. Although not entirely free, many of the articles can be accessed without charge.
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