Anxiety and Sleep

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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940141
ISBN (Print)9780195307030
StatePublished - 4 Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes

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  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Nocturnal panic
  • Sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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