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date: 14 December 2017

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Sleep disturbances in the form of insomnia, nightmares, or nocturnal panic attacks are prominent features across the anxiety disorders. The first aim of this chapter is to highlight the potential importance of sleep in individuals with anxiety disorders. It is argued that sleep is important not only because disturbed sleep impairs the quality of a patient's life, but also because it likely contributes to the maintenance of the anxiety disorder. The second aim is to review the evidence base for treating patients who suffer from comorbid insomnia and an anxiety disorder. Research attention and clinical intervention for sleep disturbance among individuals with anxiety disorders is a critical domain for future research.

Keywords: anxiety, insomnia, nightmares, nocturnal panic, sleep

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