Understanding Sleep: The Evaluation and Treatment of Sleep Disorders
Imagine this common scenario: A patient arrives looking haggard and depressed, complaining of poor sleep. Don't just assume that anxiety or depression is the cause! Afterall, researchers have classified more than 80 different sleep disorders, many of which are nonpsychological in nature. This new volume brings to health care professionals the latest developments from the burgeoning field of sleep study and outlines methods for the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders.
Sleep is a complex, active process that is just now being understood. Sleep deprivation can have a profound effect on cognitive functioning, mental health status, work performance, quality of life, and physiological and immune functioning. This volume provides a clear review of the biological rhythms and stages of sleep and outlines the various categories of sleep disorders. For practitioners, it provides methods to chart client's sleep patterns and behavioral approaches that may help relieve such problems as insomnia.
It also describes specific sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, disorders of circadian rhythms, and disorders associated with childhood, the aging process, and pregnancy. In addition, the medical contexts of sleep disorders for both cardiopulmonary and noncardiopulmonary diseases are discussed. The volume provides descriptions of the diagnostic tools and treatment available at the growing number of sleep laboratories and the various treatments that sleep specialists can provide.
This volume is a must-read for health psychologists, therapists, psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, and neurologists wanting to help their patients who struggle with sleep. Graduate students will also find a wealth of information here.
This softcover edition is a re-release of the 1997 hardcover edition. The hardcover edition is no longer available.