Sleep disturbance is commonplace and causes much personal distress to sufferers and their families. It is implicated in a variety of problems, from poor educational performance or disturbed behaviour to accidents or physical dysfunction. Traditionally, research into sleep disorders has generally been undertaken within separate, unconnected medical disciplines and has mainly involved adults. As sleep disturbance is closely associated with serious problems, identifying and treating sleep disorders early is essential for good long-term health and well-being. Yet there is no up-to-date, comprehensive, one-stop source of information for clinicians concerning sleep disorders in young people. Gregory Stores addresses this need with a cross-disciplinary account of available clinical information and treatments, illustrated by actual cases of sleep problems in the young. This book will be essential reading for all professionals involved in child healthcare from infancy to adolescence, and will also be invaluable to general readers looking for up-to-the-minute information and references.
Professor Gregory Stores MD, MA, DPM, FRCPsych, FRCP, has a background in fields including psychiatry, clinical neurophysiology, neurology and psychology. He has directed both sleep disorder and epilepsy services for patients of all ages referred from throughout the United Kingdom and has undertaken extensive research on sleep disorders and their treatment. He has lectured in various parts of the world and his many publications include Insomnia and Other Adult Sleep Problems: The Facts and Sleep Problems in Children and Adolescents: The Facts (both Oxford University Press, 2009), as well as a second edition of A Clinical Guide to Sleep Disorders in Children and Adolescents (Cambridge University Press, in preparation). Current special interests include the misdiagnosis of sleep disorders and medico-legal aspects of sleep disorders.
Preface; 1. General issues; 2. Basic aspects of sleep and its disorders; 3. Sleeplessness; 4. Excessive sleepiness; 5. The parasomnias; 6. Clinical services and research; References; Glossary; Index.