Behavioral Treatments for Sleep Disorders: A Comprehensive Primer of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Interventions

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Michael L. Perlis, Mark Aloia, Brett Kuhn
Academic Press, Dec 23, 2010 - Psychology - 404 pages

Sleep is a major component of good mental and physical health, yet over 40 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Edited by three prominent clinical experts, Behavioral Treatments for Sleep Disorders is the first reference to cover all of the most common disorders (insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, parasomnias, etc) and the applicable therapeutic techniques. The volume adopts a highly streamlined and practical approach to make the tools of the trade from behavioral sleep medicine accessible to mainstream psychologists as well as sleep disorder specialists. Organized by therapeutic technique, each chapter discusses the various sleep disorders to which the therapy is relevant, an overall rationale for the intervention, step-by-step instructions for how to implement the technique, possible modifications, the supporting evidence base, and further recommended readings. Treatments for both the adult and child patient populations are covered, and each chapter is authored by an expert in the field.

  • Offers more coverage than any volume on the market, with discussion of virtually all sleep disorders and numerous treatment types
  • Addresses treatment concerns for both adult and pediatric population
  • Outstanding scholarship, with each chapter written by an expert in the topic area
  • Each chapter offers step-by-step description of procedures and covers the evidence-based data behind those procedures


Part I BSM Treatment Protocols for Insomia
Part II BSM Protocols for Adherence and Treatment of Intrinsic Sleep Disorders
Part III BSM Protocols for Pediatric Sleep Disorders

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In general, Dr. Perlis’s research pertains to insomnia and Behavioral Sleep Medicine. His specific research interests include: Behavior, cognitive, and physiologic factors in Acute and Chronic insomnia, Cortical arousal and conditioned CNS activation as a primary perpetuator of insomnia; Sensory and information processing and long term memory formation as key features of Insomnia Disorder as a hybrid state between wake and sleep; Sleep homeostasis effects on the frequency and severity of insomnia (and the patterning of insomnia over time); Insomnia as morbid risk factor for new onset and recurrent depression; The anti-depressant effects of CBT-I; The potential of conditioning and partial reinforcement with placebos (Behavioral; Pharmacotherapeutics) as a means to change how medical maintenance therapy is conducted; The relative efficacy of behavioral and pharmacologic treatments of insomnia.