Sleep and medical disorders

Leanne Fleming, Judith R. Davidson

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Medical conditions are associated with a high prevalence of sleep difficulties that compound patients' medical symptoms. In some cases, a sleep disorder may be a precursor to a medical disorder. Research of the interrelationships can advance understanding of both medical and sleep disorders. Six common medical disorders that illustrate a diversity of relationships with sleep are outlined: coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease, Parkinson's disease, type II diabetes, and cancer. The chapter then examines the prevalence, development, consequences, and treatment of insomnia in the context of cancer. This review demonstrates the debilitating and overwhelming effects of insomnia but offers hope in the form of cognitive behavioral interventions that have shown to be efficacious for comorbid insomnia.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Sleep and Sleep Disorders
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780195376203
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • cancer
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • comorbid insomnia
  • coronary artery disease
  • diabetes
  • insomnia
  • medical disorders
  • Parkinson's disease
  • sleep disorder


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