The more the merrier? Working towards multidisciplinary management of obstructive sleep apnea and comorbid insomnia

Jason C. Ong*, M. Isabel Crisostomo

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Abstract

Objectives: The goal of this article was to provide an overview of the diagnostic considerations, clinical features, pathophysiology, and treatment approaches for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and comorbid insomnia. Method: We begin with a review of the literature on OSA and comorbid insomnia. We then present a multidisciplinary approach using pulmonary and behavioral sleep medicine treatments. Results: OSA and insomnia co-occur at a high rate and such patients have distinct clinical features. Empirically supported treatments are available for OSA and insomnia independently but there are no standards or guidelines for how to implement these treatments for patients who suffer from both disorders. Conclusions: Multidisciplinary treatment holds promise for patients with comorbid sleep disorders. Further research should be aimed at optimizing treatments and developing standards of practice for this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1066-1077
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume69
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2013

Keywords

  • Behavioral sleep medicine
  • Comorbidity
  • Insomnia
  • Multidisciplinary approach
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology

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