Anxiety and Sleep

Allison G. Harvey, Ilana S. Hairston, June Gruber and Anda Gershon

in Oxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195307030
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Anxiety and Sleep

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Sleep disturbances in the form of insomnia, nightmares, or nocturnal panic attacks are prominent features across the anxiety disorders. The first aim of this chapter is to highlight the potential importance of sleep in individuals with anxiety disorders. It is argued that sleep is important not only because disturbed sleep impairs the quality of a patient's life, but also because it likely contributes to the maintenance of the anxiety disorder. The second aim is to review the evidence base for treating patients who suffer from comorbid insomnia and an anxiety disorder. Research attention and clinical intervention for sleep disturbance among individuals with anxiety disorders is a critical domain for future research.

Keywords: anxiety; insomnia; nightmares; nocturnal panic; sleep

Article.  7551 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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