Artiss Symposium 2013: Psychiatry and Sleep Disorders
WALTER REED NATIONAL MILITARY MEDICAL CENTER BETHESDA MD
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Interestingly, issues regarding sleep have been a theme in place for centuries. One of my colleagues has his residents read Shakespeares plays to teach the psychopathology of sleep. Shakespeare highlights the problems with sleep going back to Macbeth. He describes how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth conspire to kill King Duncan. Sleep robs the guilty of rest and condemns them, Shakespeare states. Many of our patients describe feelings similar to our Shakespearean characters with regard to their sleeplessness. There are many other reasons, in addition to nightmares or sleepwalking, that contribute to sleep and waking disorders. More than 100 different disorders of sleeping and waking have been identified. They can be grouped together in four categories 1 problems with falling and staying asleep 2 problems with staying awake 3 problems maintaining a regular sleep schedule and 4 unusual behaviors during sleep. These papers address many of the issues we see in our clinical and wounded population. The thoughts and discussions about psychiatry and sleep disorders are timely and significant. The following pages are a summary of this important topic.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Military Forces and Organizations