Approximately 70 million people in the United States are affected by a sleep problem. About 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders, and an additional 20-30 million are affected by intermittent sleep-related problems. However, an overwhelming majority of sleep disorders remain undiagnosed and untreated. Some of the most common ones are insomnia, restless legs syndrome, parasomnias, circadian rhythm disorders, excessive daytime sleepiness, night terrors, sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder, and narcolepsy. Long standing sleep disturbances can lead to nonproductive lifestyles, poor work performance, weight gain, difficulty with concentration, and social avoidance. Some disorders, like sleep apnea, can lead to even more serious problems such as high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Therefore, there is an urgent need for this introduction to the subject of sleep disorders.
Chapters include information on symptoms and problems that signal a possible sleep disorder, descriptions of sleep loss effects and their demographics, definitions of common sleep disorders, explanations of various medical and psychological tests for sleep disorder diagnosis, essential medical treatments, guided intervention to change thinking about sleep and related health habits, alternative interventions, follow-up and maintenance issues, and behavioral changes. Appendices include a list of accredited sleep laboratories and resources, suggested readings, and suggested exercises and activities.
About the Author:
KATHY SEXTON-RADEK is Professor of Psychology at Elmhurst College and Director of Psychological Services, Suburban Pulmonary and Sleep Associates in Illinois. She is the author of numerous peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and books in the areas of sleep medicine, pain management, behavioral medicine, and health psychology. She serves on the Public Action Committee of the Behavioral Section of the American Association of Sleep Medicine. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association, the Illinois Counseling Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and the Sleep Research Society.
GINA GRACI is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Director of the Psychological Oncology Program at The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.