Sleep: the neglected life factor in adults with intellectual disabilities

Dillon, Emma (2021) Sleep: the neglected life factor in adults with intellectual disabilities. BJPsych Bulletin . ISSN 2056-4694 (Print), 2056-4708 (Online) Full text available

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Abstract

Sleep is vital for our physical and mental health. Studies have shown that there is a high prevalence of sleep disorders and sleep difficulties amongst adults with intellectual disabilities. Despite this, sleep is often overlooked or its disorders are considered to be difficult to treat in adults with intellectual disabilities. There is a significant amount of research and guidance on management of sleep disorders in the general population. However, the evidence base for sleep disorders in adults with intellectual disabilities is limited. In this review paper, we look at the current evidence base for sleep disorders in adults with an intellectual disability, discuss collaborative working between intellectual disabilities psychiatrists and sleep medicine specialists to manage sleep disorders, and provide recommendations for future directions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intellectual Disabilities, Insomnia, Learning Disability, Neurodevelopmental Disorder, Sleep Disorders
Subjects: Disabilities & Disorders (mental & physical) > Mental Handicap
Learning & Education > Learning Disabilities - Social Welfare
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2671

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