What is included in patient education about sleep-wake disorders?

Updated: Aug 21, 2019
  • Author: Roy H Lubit, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Ana Hategan, MD, FRCPC  more...
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All individuals should be taught and encouraged to practice good sleep hygiene (see Treatment). Educating patients’ families about proper sleep hygiene is imperative, especially because bed partners can be adversely affected by sleep disorders such as OSA. Patients should be instructed to use the bed for sleep and sex only (no television watching or reading in bed). They should also be warned to not drive or operate machinery while taking sedative-hypnotic medications. Document these admonitions clearly in the medical record.

For patient education resources, see the Mental Health and Behavior Center and the Sleep Disorders Center, as well as Disorders That Disrupt Sleep (Parasomnias), Insomnia, Primary Insomnia, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, Understanding Insomnia Medications, Sleep Disorders in Women, Sleep Disorders and Aging, and Sleeplessness and Circadian Rhythm Disorder.

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