Healthy sleep is vital to an individual's well-being, productivity, and long-term health. SRI researchers perform sleep research studies of common sleep disorders and investigate the causes of sleep disruption at the molecular and neurological level.
The Human Sleep Research Program at SRI's Center for Health Sciences conducts comprehensive research on brain structure and function. For the National Institutes of Health and other clients, SRI researchers use cognitive tests, electroencephalography measures, and innovative magnetic resonance imaging techniques. For medical device developers, SRI also conducts Food and Drug Administration 510(k) trials.
Current sleep research in SRI Biosciences is conducted to create new insomnia treatments for sleep disturbances related to shift work, jet lag, age, and fatigue. Reserachers also work toward finding a narcolepsy treatment. A discovery by this group elucidated the relationship between the hypocretin/orexin system and sleep disorders.