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ABC of Sleep Medicine

Paul Reading

ISBN: 978-1-118-52331-5 December 2012 BMJ Books 72 Pages


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.

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

“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)