Sleep Disorders May Be Missed in Patients With Psychosis

Sleep disorders appear to be common in patients with psychosis, but few appear to be receiving sleep assessments or treatment for such disorders, suggests a report in Schizophrenia Bulletin .

“Taking sleep disorders in psychosis seriously may have important benefits,” Sarah Reeve, D.Phil., of the University of Oxford and colleagues wrote. “Recent manipulation studies have demonstrated that simulating insomnia increases psychotic experiences, and, conversely, treating insomnia reduces psychotic experiences. … [B]y improving sleep it may be possible to improve psychosis, representing an exciting new treatment target.”

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