Study aims to understand sleep, health in border communities

Study aims to understand sleep, health in border communities
Dr. Michael Grandner said the award will allow his team to learn more about the causes and effects of poor sleep in a population often understudied. (Source: KOLD News 13)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A researcher at the University of Arizona has received a $3.6 million grant aimed at studying sleep and health along the US-Mexico border.

Dr. Michael Grandner said the award will allow his team to learn more about the causes and effects of poor sleep in a population often understudied.

The study will include monitoring the sleep and health of 1,100 adults living in Santa Cruz County. Nine hundred are Mexican-American with the other 200 of different races used for comparison.

Grandner hopes to gain an understanding about sleep disorders in the area and how they are connected to social behaviors and environmental factors.

His team has partnered with the Mariposa Community Health Center in Nogales to help conduct the study. Although the target is Nogales, Grandner hopes it benefits people everywhere.

"A lot of these issues are universal, you know, how some of these relationships fit together, are things that everybody can benefit from," he said.

The end goal is to tap into useful data and ultimately help find ways to combat sleeping problems in border region communities.

The first group will be monitored in August. Results from the study are expected in five years.

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