Special Issue "Sleep Quality and Digital Media"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alessandro Musetti
Guest Editor
Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Industries, University of Parma, Parma, Italy
Interests: relational dynamics with peers in adolescence; the attachment styles in people with clinical dependence and the problematic use of the internet
Dr. Christian Franceschini
Guest Editor
Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Parma, Parma, Italy
Interests: psychopathology of narcolepsy; sleep and cognition; motor control during sleep; cognitive performance and sleepiness; insomnia and CBT-Insomnia; emotional dysregulation in narcolepsy; disturbances of motor control during sleep (parasomnias, REM sleep behavior disorders, restless legs and periodic limb movements of sleep, etc); stigma in sleep disorders
Prof. Giuseppe Plazzi
Guest Editor
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Interests: The pathophysiology of narcolepsy; The genetics of sleep disorders; Nocturnal epilepsy; Motor control during sleep; Disturbances of motor control during sleep (parasomnias; REM sleep behavior disorders; restless legs and periodic limb movements of sleep, etc.); Sleep in neurological disorders

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Healthcare will focus on sleep quality and digital media use. Several problematic uses of the Internet and digital media, such as gaming disorders and problematic social network use, are known to negatively impact numerous measures of personal health, including stress, anxiety, and depression, and sleep quality. However, increasing evidence suggests that new media, such as apps on smartphones, may play a positive role in sleep regulation. This Special Issue aims to bring together state-of-the-art research on digital media use and sleep quality.

We welcome articles that provide new insights into the affective, cognitive, and neurobiological mechanisms underlying the beneficial or detrimental use of media or digital-media-based interventions that aim to improve sleep quality or are designed to treat a specific sleep problem (e.g., insomnia). We will feature original research papers and include interesting clinical studies, reviews, short reports, narratives, and opinion pieces from researchers interested in this research topic.

Dr. Alessandro Musetti
Dr. Christian Franceschini 
Prof. Giuseppe Plazzi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Healthcare is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • sleep quality
  • insomnia
  • problematic Internet use
  • gaming disorders
  • problematic social network use

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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