Treating sleep disorders: There is still more to do

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The past decade has been an exciting time in the field of sleep medicine. There has been greater attention to sleep in the popular media and much more published literature focusing on sleep disorders. For example, Primary Psychiatry has had several past issues highlighting sleep disorders and has published a quarterly column devoted to sleep-related topics. There has been considerable clinical research on the treatment of sleep disorders and several new medications have become available for treating common sleep problems, such as insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, and restless legs syndrome (RLS). Over the past few years the National Institutes of Health coordinated a state-of-the-science conference on chronic insomnia and the Institute of Medicine published reports 1,2 on sleep disorders and sleep deprivation. However, while many people with sleep disorders have been identified and treated very effectively, many others represent clinical challenges, either because of overlapping symptomatology, diagnostic confusion, lack of initial treatment response, or difficulty with treatment adherence. Four articles in this issue address what still needs to be done in relation to the evaluation and management of patients with sleep disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-23
Number of pages2
JournalPrimary Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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