- Oxford Library of Psychology
- Short Contents
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editors
- Introduction: Historical Landmarks and Current Status of Sleep Research and Practice: An Introduction to the Timeliness, Aims, and Scope
of this Handbook
- Sleep and the Brain
- The Regulation of Human Sleep and Wakefulness: Sleep Homeostasis and Circadian Rhythmicity
- The Functions of Sleep
- Sleep and Human Development
- Sleep and Human Performance
- The Role of Sleep in Neurocognitive Function
- Sleep and Emotion
- Sleep, Dreams, and Dreaming
- Sleep and Psychopathology
- Sleep and Psychotropic Drugs
- Sleep and Society
- Sleep, Work, and Occupational Stress
- Sleep and Gender: The Paradox of Sex and Sleep?
- Sleep and the Psychology Curriculum
- The Epidemiology of Sleep
- A Socioeconomic Perspective of Sleep Disorders (Insomnia and Obstructive Sleep Apnea)
- Forensic Aspects of Sleep Medicine
- Sleep Disorders Classification and Diagnosis
- Clinical Assessment of Sleep–Wake Complaints
- Insomnia I: Etiology and Conceptualization
- Insomnia II: Behavioral and Physiological Assessment
- Insomnia III: Therapeutic Approaches
- Sleep and Psychiatric Disorders
- Sleep and Medical Disorders
- Sleep and Substance Use Disorders
- Parasomnias I: Nightmares
- Parasomnias II: Sleep Terrors and Somnambulism
- Circadian Rhythm Disorders I: Phase-Advanced & Phase-Delayed Syndromes
- Circadian Rhythm Disorders II: Shift Work
- Circadian Rhythm Disorders III: Jet Lag
- Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders
- Hypersomnia and Narcolepsy
- Restless Legs Syndrome (Willis-Ekbom Disease) and Periodic Limb Movements
- Sleep-Related Problems in Childhood
- Sleep-Related Problems in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
- Sleep Disorders in the Elderly
- Sleep Disturbances and Learning Disability (Mental Retardation)
- Sleep–Wake Disturbances and Fatigue in Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury
- Sleep Disturbance and Chronic Pain: Biobehavioral Interactions
- Conclusion: Overview, Emerging Trends, and Future Directions in Sleep Research and Practice
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter pertains to the different assessment methods used to characterize insomnia, complement evaluation, and improve diagnosis accuracy. Physiological assessment methods, the most popular being polysomnography, are introduced as well as more refined neurophysiological techniques such as quantitative electroencephalography, neuroimaging, and event-related potentials. A table describing the most commonly used techniques of assessments presents the advantages and disadvantages of each of them. In addition, to compare results obtained from primary insomnia sufferers to those obtained with good sleepers, this chapter aims at providing a review of the most recent literature while, at times, taking into account results obtained from two different types of insomnia sufferers (psychophysiological and subjective/paradoxical). This chapter also briefly reports on the use of the different assessment methods in individuals afflicted with other sleep disorders. Finally, two tables stating influential research studies related to the neurophysiological assessment techniques (Table 21.2 : Power Spectral Analysis; Table 21.3 : Neuroimaging and Event-Related Potentials) complete the chapter.
Célyne H. Bastien, École de psychologie, Université Laval.
Isabelle Turcotte, École de Psychologie, Université Laval.
Geneviève St-Jean, École de Psychologie, Université Laval.
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