Sleep disorders, when left untreated, can lead to long-term health outcomes such as depression and can be associated with increased health care costs. Although sleep disorders are widespread in the general population, they usually remain undiagnosed and undertreated. One important reason is that the primary care physician, who usually first encounters these patients, has not always had adequate exposure to sleep medicine, either as a medical student or as a practicing physician. In addition to seminars and courses on sleep, textbooks are one of the most important resources for physicians. In a recent study from our center, we had reported that sleep content in medical textbooks continues to be underrepresented.1 To meet the demands for sleep medicine education, it is the responsibility of the academic sleep community to provide physicians who are not sleep specialists with educational resources such as sleep textbooks targeted to physicians who strive to help their patients with sleep complaints and to identify potentially treatable conditions.
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