Friday, June 7, 2013

Sleep disorders and schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that impacts a persons thinking and behavior. It's hard to treat and there is no cure. Sleep problems are common. This article discusses that point - in particular insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and sleep-related movement disorders. This is what I see in my practice when patients with schizophrenia are referred to me. OSA is common due to obesity, and obesity can be worsened by the medications used to treat schizophrenia. Also, movement disorders when asleep can be more common due to the medications used for schizophrenia.

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