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ABC of Sleep Medicine

ISBN: 978-0-470-65946-5
66 pages
March 2013, BMJ Books
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A practical illustrated guide to sleep disorders which will give health professionals confidence in this complex area of diagnosis and management.

It explains the differences between normal and abnormal sleep, and looks in depth at individual disorders such as sleep apnoea, insomnia, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome and the parasomnias, as well as sleep disorders as a comorbidity of neurodegenerative and psychiatric disease. Common sleep disorders in children are addressed in detail before concluding with an overview of pharmacological treatments and how commonly used drugs might affect sleep.

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Table of Contents

Preface, vii

1 Normal versus Abnormal Sleep, 1

2 Diagnosing Sleep Disorders, 6

3 Excessive Daytime Sleepiness, 12

4 Sleep Apnoea Syndromes, 18

5 Insomnia, 24

6 Secondary (co-morbid) Insomnia, 29

7 The Parasomnias, 33

8 Sleep Disorders in Children, 38

9 Sleep in Neurodegenerative Disease, 43

10 Sleep in Psychiatric Disease, 47

11 Drugs Used in Sleep Medicine, 51

Index, 57

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Author Information

Paul Reading, Consultant Neurologist, Department of Neurology, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK and Department of Sleep Medicine, South Tees NHS Trust, UK
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“This is a well-written, pithy guide to and overview of the basics of sleep medicine. It includes vivid illustrations and graphics that make the book that much more pleasurable to read.”  (Doody's, 9 August 2013)

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