Sleep disorders in neurorehabilitation: Insomnia

Eric B. Larson*

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Insomnia is a disorder that is defined by subjective complaint concerning the duration and quality of sleep. It is associated with numerous medical complications and poor rehabilitation outcome. Polysomnography and actigraphy provide objective measures of sleep duration, but assessment of subjective complaints concerning sleep relies on self-report measures. Psychotherapy is an effective treatment of insomnia, although neurocognitive factors often interfere with participation. Short-term pharmacologic treatment is effective, but further study of adverse effects in neurologic populations is needed. This article summarizes alternative treatments and recommendations for further research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)587-595
Number of pages9
JournalSleep Medicine Clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • Assessment
  • Neurologic disorder
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sleep initiation and maintenance disorders
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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