My research is focused on the effects of disrupted sleep on physical function, pain and other symptoms among adults with chronic diseases, such as multiple sclerosis. I have also examined the effects of napping and nocturnal sleep in older adults and their caregivers with and without dementia. My participants have primarily been community-dwelling adults, until I received an invitation to join a clinical team who aims to identify methods to improve sleep, reduce pain, and increase patient satisfaction among hospitalized patients.
These interests create three lines of inquiry, including:
Findings to date suggest physical function and sleep could be improved among different populations of adults with lifestyle changes including exercise and social activities. Future plans include a proposal to examine the effects of a behavioral intervention on sleep, daytime activity and depressive symptoms among adults with multiple sclerosis.