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Sleep disorders in psychiatry

  • Hugh Selsick (a1) and David O'Regan (a2)

Sleep medicine is a truly multidisciplinary field that covers psychiatric, neurological and respiratory conditions. As the field has developed it has become increasingly clear that there is a great deal of overlap between sleep and psychiatric disorders and it is therefore essential for psychiatrists to have some knowledge of sleep medicine. Even those disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnoea, that may seem to be outside the remit of psychiatry can have complex and important interactions with psychiatric conditions. In this article we give a brief overview of the range of sleep disorders a psychiatrist might encounter, how they are recognised, investigated and treated, and how they relate to psychiatric conditions.


  • Be aware of the range of sleep disorders that might be encountered in psychiatric practice
  • Understand how these sleep disorders affect mental health
  • Have a broad understanding of how these disorders are investigated and treated


H.S. has accepted speaker fees from Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

Corresponding author
Correspondence Dr Hugh Selsick, Insomnia Clinic, Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, 60 Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3HR, UK. Email:
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