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Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1: The Basics ¿ What is sleep? ¿ Why do we sleep? ¿ What is my sleep requirement? Part 2: Risk/Prevention/Epidemiology ¿ What causes temporary and long-standing sleeplessness? ¿ Why does pain cause sleeplessness? ¿ Can medications cause excessive sleepiness or sleeplessness? Part 3: Diagnosis ¿ How does a sleep specialist diagnose a sleep problem? ¿ What are some important laboratory tests for evaluating sleep problems? ¿ What is an overnight sleep study? Is it uncomfortable? Part 4: Treatment ¿ What can I do for my sleeplessness? ¿ Should I take over-the-counter sleeping pills for my sleeplessness? ¿ Should I take melatonin for my sleep problem? Part 5: Living with a Sleep Disorder ¿ What happens if I am sleep-deprived? ¿ Can sleeplessness cause adverse physical and mental effects? ¿ Can a person either become sick or die after complete sleep deprivation? Part 6: Normal vs. Abnormal Sleep Behaviors ¿ which is which? ¿ Is snoring a nuisance or a problem? ¿ My bed partner snores loudly, driving me crazy. He makes noises like a freight train. He also feels sleepy in the daytime. Should he use a snore guard or see a doctor? ¿ I am a 20-year-old woman. I wake up in the middle of the night to eat and drink. Is this behavior abnormal? Part 7: Sleep Disorders and Other Illnesses ¿ I have difficulty getting to sleep and, many times, I wake up in the middle of the night. I am an anxious-type person and periodically become depressed. Can anxiety and depression cause sleep problems? ¿ I am a 30-year-old woman who has been suffering from depression for a long time. This depression is particularly notable during the winter; during the summer, I feel fine. I have terrible sleep problems during the winter. What can I do? ¿ Are sleep and physical illness related? In other words, do fever and other illnesses alter sleep and, if so, what is the mechanism involved? RESOURCES INDEX
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Sleep disorders -- Miscellanea.
Sleep -- Miscellanea.