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Book and Media Reviews
June 22 2011

Sleep and Mental Illness

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri (rmalhot1@slu.edu).

JAMA. 2011;305(24):2577. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.872

“The advent of sleep medicine has brought with it new perspectives on mental illness, and in particular a growing awareness that problems with sleep can both exacerbate and portend the development of mental disturbance in the future.” This statement in the preface from the editors of Sleep and Mental Illness highlights the bidirectional and complex relationship between mental illness and sleep. Whether discussing the significance of improving sleep to enhance overall functioning in individuals with mental illness, or utilizing the recognition of poor sleep as a marker for future psychiatric disease or recurrence, primary care clinicians, psychiatrists, and sleep medicine specialists increasingly need to learn about this link.

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