What is the prevalence ofinsomnia in a particular age group, in men and women, or in Caucasians andAfrican Americans? What is the average total sleep time among normal sleepersamong these groups? How does the sleep of Caucasians and African Americans differ?These are just some of the questions addressed in The Epidemiology of Sleep.
This newbook presents the most detailed and comprehensive archive of normal andabnormal sleep patterns. Based on a landmark study supported by the NationalInstitute on Aging, 772 subjects from a host of populations including men,women, and various age and ethnic groups, prepared detailed sleep diaries for atwo-week period. The use of these sleep diaries yielded a plethora of data onsuch characteristics as normal sleep patterns, various forms of insomnia,fatigue, depression, anxiety, and daytime sleepiness differentiated by age,sex, and ethnicity. The results generated by these data, charted in the book'snumerous tables and graphs, provide a critical methodological advance in thesleep literature.
TheEpidemiology of Sleep opens with an overview of the rationale and uniquecharacteristics of the study. This is followed by a comprehensive review of theexisting epidemiological literature on sleep. Chapter three presents a detaileddescription of the methods used in the survey followed by meticulous informationon the epidemiology of normal and insomnia sleep, that is unparalleled in theliterature. Chapter six provides an archive of sleep patterns among AfricanAmericans. The book concludes with a discussion and interpretation of the mostinteresting findings.
Thisinsightful study, coupled with the comprehensive review of the existingliterature on the epidemiology of sleep, make this volume an invaluableresource for sleep researchers, clinicians, health and clinical psychologists,gerontologists, epidemiologists, and advanced students.
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