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Additions to Our Sleep Armamentarium

The latest developments in pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic approaches to treating sleep disorders.

Sleep Wake Transition

Insomnia—a sleep disorder that can pose impairments far more debilitating than than problems with cognition (eg, difficulty processing, unclear thinking).

Sleep-disordered breathing is common in patients with mood and anxiety disorders. This article explores the implication for practicing psychiatrists whose patients have sleep disorders.

Melatonin has a role in psychiatric illness and the treatment of circadian rhythm sleep disorders, insomnia, and comorbid depressive disorders.

Although the purpose of sleep continues to be the subject of much debate, few would argue that a well-functioning sleep-wake cycle is essential for good health.

Sleep changes associated with psychotropic drugs are common enough to justify routinely obtaining a baseline sleep diary before beginning treatment, even when the initial screening for sleep disorders indicates that no further investigation is needed.

Sleep disorders — most commonly sleep apnea — are often comorbid with psychiatric disorders. Treatment of disordered sleep can result in a significant improvement in the psychiatric disorder.

Can you name an important part of good sleep hygiene? The use of which short-acting sedative-hypnotics to treat sleep disturbances in patients is associated with Alzheimer disease? These questions and more.


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