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Sleep Disorders 

A sleep disorder is a persistent disruption in the amount, quality, or timing of sleep. Since sleep restores the body, enhances concentration, and elevates mood, prolonged sleeplessness has a significant effect on quality of life and functional ability.

Sleep disorders and psychiatric illness are often intertwined. Untreated sleep disorders can lead to psychiatric symptoms, and mental illness – particularly mood and anxiety disorders – can lead to sleep disturbances. A sleep disorder is called primary if it is not related to another mental disorder, caused by a general medical condition, or induced by substance intoxication or withdrawal.

Sleep disorders typically fall into four broad categories:

  • Insomnia – difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Hypersomnia – excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Parasomnias – abnormal behavioral or physiological events occurring during sleep, such as sleep walking or night terrors
  • Circadian rhythm sleep disorders – disturbances in the timing of sleep

Cognitive-behavioral therapy and pharmacotherapy can be effective in treating sleep disorders.

Books on Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders

American Psychiatric Publishing (APPI), a division of the American Psychiatric Association, publishes books on the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders that help to distinguish sleep disturbances related to psychiatric illness from primary sleep disorders.

Clinical Manual for Evaluation and Treatment of Eating Disorders

Clinical Manual for Evaluation and Treatment of Eating Disorders offers a concise, step-by-step method of differential diagnosis for some of the most common sleep complaints encountered by clinicians in a convenient, portable format.

Sleep Disorders and PsychiatrySleep Disorders and Psychiatry summarizes the major categories of sleep disorders and details how most psychiatric disorders and a wide variety of medical illnesses adversely affect sleep.

View a complete list of books related to sleep disorders.