Psychopharmacology of sleep disorders

Bhajan Singh, Nigel McArdle, David Hillman

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The concept of psychopharmacology has particular applicability to the study of sleep because the states of sleep and wake are so intensely and complexly neurophysiologic in nature. Growing understanding of the structure and function of the neural pathways involved is increasing the capacity to devise targeted pharmacologic interventions to address maladaptions and malfunctions that result in various sleep-related disorders and better ways to promote or replicate sleep in situations where it is needed but does not occur naturally. In this chapter we review the neurobiology of sleep and wake states, and how this relates to understanding of common sleep problems and their pharmacologic treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Clinical Neurology
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9780444640123
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameHandbook of Clinical Neurology
ISSN (Print)0072-9752
ISSN (Electronic)2212-4152


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