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Book Review on Sleep Disorders

Book Review on Sleep Disorders

Anyone who is suffering from a form of sleep disorder or involved in treating these conditions, will likely find Sleep Disorder by Wilkson & Nutt (2008) to be very helpful. Whether you suffer from insomnia from time to time, or have been affected by serious sleep disorder such as sleep apnoea, this book is essential reading.

Sleep Disorders – About the Authors

Authors Sue Wilson and David Nutt have worked together to produce this fantastic guide to the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of different sleep disorders. Sue Wilson is a Senior Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant who works at the Psychopharmacology Unit of the University of Bristol and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust in the UK. David Nutt is Head of Community Based Medicine and Professor of Psychopharmacology, also based in Bristol.

Sleep Disorders – Book Overview

Sleep Disorders looks at the many reasons underlying sleeping problems, including both physical and psychiatric health conditions. The book is part of the Oxford Psychiatry Library series, providing a wealth of knowledge on sleep physiology, as well as diagnosis, symptoms and treatment of sleep disorders. Divided into ten chapters, Sleep Disorders covers the following areas:

  • normal sleep
  • diagnosing sleep disorders
  • insomnia
  • hypersomnia
  • parasomnias
  • circadian rhythm sleep disorders
  • psychiatric disorders and sleep
  • sleep disorders associated with neurological and medical disorders
  • pharmacology of sleep
  • coping with irregular working hours

Psychiatric Disorders and Sleep

A particularly useful chapter for anyone who is suffering from mental health conditions, such as depression, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or schizophrenia, is chapter seven, entitled psychiatric disorders and sleep. This chapter will also prove useful for general practitioners (GPs) and community mental health nurses, who may often come across those suffering from sleep problems where mental health conditions are the underlying cause. A clearly laid out table, offers clinicians and sufferers alike a concise overview of which sleep disorders affect specific psychiatric disorders.

Pharmacology of Sleep

Another very helpful section of the book, entitled pharmacology of sleep, offers readers detailed information on how a range of medications impact upon sleep. This chapter provides key facts about the various neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, serotonin (commonly targeted by antidepressants) and GABA, all of which have a role to play in this area. Sleeping tablets, such as Zopiclone and Zolpidem, as well as the action of tranquilisers, including benzodiazepines are also explored.

As highlighted above, Sleep Disorders is essential reading for anyone suffering from or treating those affected by sleeping problems, whether it be insomnia, sleep apnoea, shift work sleep disorder or hypersomnia. Key treatments used to improve sleep are discussed, such as prescription medication, good sleep practices and relaxation.

Wilson, S. & Nutt, D. (2008) Sleep Disorders Oxford University Press

ISBN: 978-019-923433-2

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