Influence of Sleep Disturbance on Wellness

Sleep is responsible for restoring energy, strengthening immune function, balancing mood, and storing learning and memory for future recall. Yet, it is likely that sleep does not rank as high as other daily tasks. Ironically, sleep reaches the forefront of concern when you are unable to stay awake, fall asleep, or stay asleep. Besides leaving you to operate in slow motion, lack of sleep might also affect wellness. Regarding the role of sleep in maintaining wellness, consider the influences sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and narcolepsy might have on immune function.

For this Discussion, review this week’s Learning Resources. Next, reflect on the results of your 7-day sleep journal. Then, search the Walden Library for at least two articles about how a sleep disturbance you experienced might affect wellness. Finally, think about two cognitive/behavioral interventions you might suggest to improve sleep hygiene for a population experiencing the sleep disturbance you experienced.

Note: If you did not experience any sleep disturbances, then select a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, or restless leg syndrome as the focus for this Discussion.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief description of a sleep disturbance from your sleep journal or the sleep disorder you selected. Then, explain how that sleep disturbance or sleep disorder might affect wellness. Include reference to the two articles you selected to support your post. Finally, explain two cognitive/behavioral interventions you might suggest to improve sleep hygiene for a population experiencing that sleep disturbance or sleep disorder.

Be sure to support your posts and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.


  • Kendall-Tackett, K. (Ed.). (2010). The psychoneuroimmunology of chronic disease: Exploring the links between inflammation, stress, and illness. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
    • Chapter 3, “Sleep and Inflammation: A Potential Link to Chronic Diseases” (pp. 53–75)
  • Araujo, M. I., Campos, R. A., Cardoso, L. S., Oliveira, S. C., & Carvalho, E. M. (2010). Immunomodulation of the allergic inflammatory response: New developments. Inflammation & Allergy Drug Targets, 9(2), 73–82.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Bachert, C. (2002). The role of histamine in allergic disease: Re-appraisal of its inflammatory potential [Review article]. Allergy, 57(4),287–296.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Bollinger, T., Bollinger, A., Oster, H., & Solbach, W. (2009). Sleep, immunity, and circadian clocks: A mechanistic model. Gerontology, 56(6), 574–580.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Lieberman, P. (2009). Histamine, antihistamines, and the central nervous system [Symposium]. Allergy and Asthma Proceedings, 30(5), 482–486.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Zielinski, M. R., & Krueger, J. M. (2011). Sleep and innate immunity. Frontiers in Bioscience (Scholar ed.), 1(3) 632–642.
    Copyright 2011 by FRONTIERS IN BIOSCIENCE. Reprinted by permission of FRONTIERS IN BIOSCIENCE via the Copyright Clearance Center.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Asthma and allergies. Retrieved from
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. (2011). What is CPAP? Retrieved from
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