Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine

 Anesthesia & Analgesia thematic issue for April 2021


Sleep is mysterious, and necessary for life. For thousands of years, humans have exploited naturally occurring chemicals to induce dream-like states for pleasure or enlightenment or to blunt the senses to pain. The miracle of our specialty is that we learned to control these substances to precisely alter the sensorium so patients can undergo lifesaving surgeries, comfortably and safely. Everyday patients are comforted by the fact that they will be "put under" for their procedures and then "woken up once it's all over." Despite the similarities of anesthesia and sleep, we appreciate the many differences between these two states of consciousness and are beginning to understand how anesthesia effects sleep and how sleep affects perioperative outcomes.

Much of our relevant literature has focused on respiratory-related sleep disorders and postoperative respiratory failure, with particular attention to obstructive sleep apnea and obesity hypoventilation syndrome. However, there is important work in other areas including the neurophysiology of sleep/anesthesia interactions, the impact of other sleep disorders on perioperative outcomes, and the impact of sleep disruption on perioperative outcomes. The interaction between sleep and chronic pain has a rich tradition in the literature, and the effects of sleep deprivation of healthcare workers on their own health and the safety of their decision making have garnered attention.

To highlight this growing area of interest,Anesthesia & Analgesia is calling for papers focused on "Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine" for a thematic issue to be guest edited by Drs. David Hillman, Frances Chung, and Toby Weingarten. We invite authors to submit research manuscripts, review articles, technical communications, and Open Minds covering the fascinating interactions between anesthesia and sleep.


Authors can find the specific requirements for each manuscript type in the Journal's current Instructions for Authors at


The deadline for submission is October 1st, 2020 with an anticipated date of final decision on January 1st, 2021 and in print publication for the April 2021 issue of the Journal.


Interested authors can contact Toby Weingarten at [email protected] for additional information or to discuss specific topic proposals for the "Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine" thematic issue.