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About the Study

Importance of Sleep

A good night's sleep impacts how we feel during the day. Healthy sleep has many benefits including boosting mood and memory, helping our bodies fight illness, regulating our weight, and preventing heart disease.

Sleep in Kentucky

Kentucky currently ranks 48th in the nation in terms of healthy sleep. Certain Kentucky communities have very high rates of poor sleep. We hope that a better understanding of factors that impact Kentuckians' sleep will improve the health and well-being of our communities.

Source: CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2020

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The REST-KY Study

REST-KY is a five-year research study being conducted at the University of Kentucky. It is one of the first federally funded studies focused on understanding and improving the sleep of rural Americans. The study is sponsored by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), which is a part of the National Institutes of Health. 

Our Team

Click here to learn more about our research team. Our University of Kentucky and University of Arizona researchers have expertise in sleep and health, and are committed to improving the health of rural communities.