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Sleep Medicine: A Guide to Sleep and its Disorders, 2nd Edition

Sleep Medicine: A Guide to Sleep and its Disorders, 2nd Edition

John M. Shneerson

ISBN: 978-1-405-12393-8 July 2005 Wiley-Blackwell 336 Pages


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On average people spend one third of their life sleeping. An understanding of the physiology and pathophysiological changes that take place during this time is, therefore, essential to the medical care of patients. Sleep disorders can arise from a variety of causes including respiratory, psychiatric and neurological conditions, as well as pain and lifestyle changes. Consequently, their understanding is pertinent to a wide range of clinicians who require an overview of their diagnosis and treatment.

Written by one of the UK's leading authorities on sleep medicine, Sleep Medicine: A Guide to Sleep and its Disorders presents a practical guide to the clinical problems related to sleep disorders. An experienced author, John Shneerson writes concisely and presents the information in a most accessible way. The text is clearly organised and full use has been made of tables and line diagrams. Whilst the body of the text is clinical in approach, the scientific basis of sleep and sleep medicine and the technical aspects of sleep investigations are explained fully.

The book is divided into three sections. The first group of chapters considers the fundamentals of sleep, the effects of drugs on sleep and how to assess sleep complaints. The main body of the book consists of chapters on individual sleep disorders. Each of these has a structured approach, outlining both assessment and treatment. Insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, awareness during sleep and behavioural abnormalities are covered. The final chapters deal with the important respiratory consequences of upper airway dysfunction, changes in the control of breathing during sleep and the social implications of sleep problems.

Sleep medicine is a fast developing discipline which interfaces with many of the medical specialties. Sleep Medicine: A Guide to Sleep and its Disorders enables doctors and other health professionals to access recent advances ensuring that their patients receive the optimum treatment for their sleep disorders.


1. Nature of sleep and it Disorders.

2. Physiological Basis of Sleep and Wakefulness.

3. Assessment of Sleep Disorders.

4. Drugs and Sleep,.

5. Circadian Rhythm Disorders.

6. Excessive Daytime Sleepiness.

7. Insomnia.

8. Dreams and Nightmares.

9. Motor Disorders.

10. Obstructive Sleep Apnoeas and Snoring.

11. Central Sleep Apnoeas and Hypoventilation.

12. Medical disorders.

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"A well-written single-author text is a ratiry,m and this one is a pleasure to read. If I could only own one of the many sleep texts I currently own, this would be it." Dr John LaWall, Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, Vol.2, No. 3, 2006
An essential, practical manual for treating patients with sleep disorders

  • Sleep research is a growth research area in the West
  • Revised and expanded sections on insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, and new drugs
  • New information on medical complications of sleep apnoeas, guidance on investigations and treatments, and a major review of the recent breakthroughs in understanding narcolepsy