Sleep Disorders
Elements, History, Treatments, and Research
by Kathleen J. Sexton-Radek and Gina Graci
December 2021, 167pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6445-2
$75, £58, 66€, A103
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-6446-9
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National estimates put the number of Americans suffering from chronic long-term sleep disorders at 40 million.

This sourcebook presents the history of sleep disorders, from restless legs to insomnia to night terrors, alongside emerging research, illustrations of sleep disorders in society, and treatments.

Part of the Health and Psychology Sourcebooks series, this compact volume offers concise information on an issue threatening human health and well-being: sleep disorders. The authors are established psychologists and researchers specializing in the study of sleep and sleep disorders, one an editor for the Journal of Sleep Disorders and Therapy and the other a certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist.

The book begins with an introduction that underscores how prevalent sleep disorders and the condition of sleep deprivation are in this nation and why they are considered a public health concern. Chapters explain and illustrate disorders including apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, nightmares, night terrors, and sleepwalking, with each chapter providing an empirical review followed by a case study. For each disorder, history; signs and symptoms; incidence; theory; personal, familial, societal, and economic factors; treatments and solutions; and emerging research are included.


  • Integrates current and emerging theory and research
  • Illustrates the disorders in society, at work, and in relationships in "Up Close" case studies
  • Discusses treatments for sleep disorders
  • Lists additional resources, such as websites and organizations, for further study
Kathy J. Sexton-Radek, PhD, CBSM, has been professor of psychology at Elmhurst College since 1987. She is an editor for the Journal of Sleep Disorders and Therapy and a board member of several professional journals on sleep medicine/health psychology. Sexton-Radek's research involves investigations of sleep quality in young adults, assessment and treatment of sleep disorders, and the impact of technology on human sleep behaviors. She has published more than 100 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, empirical reports, and editorials. She mentors students and alumni interested in sleep research and related projects.

Gina Graci, PhD, CBSM, is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist employed as a private practitioner specializing in sleep disorders and psychosocial oncology. Graci has published widely in leading medical journals. She has conducted clinical trials with funding from both the private and public sectors. Graci has presented and published widely in leading medical journals and has been interviewed frequently for stories in national and local print and broadcast media.


"Recommended. All readers."—Choice, February 1, 2023

Health and Psychology Sourcebooks

Health and Psychology Sourcebooks address physical, psychological, and environmental conditions that threaten human health and well-being. Each volume presents a topic in health or psychology and explains its symptoms, diagnosis, incidence, development, causes, treatments, and related theory. Up Close vignettes illustrate how the disease or disorder manifests in specific people and scenarios. Historical and emerging research as well as controversies are also discussed. Each volume offers a glossary of terms, resources, and sources for further reading. The books are designed to accessibly and reliably fulfill the needs of students and researchers at community and undergraduate college levels.
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