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OP.07 The pharmacological management of sleep problems: BAP guidelines
  1. S Wilson

    Sue Wilson PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Psychopharmacology Unit, University of Bristol and Neuropsychopharmacology, Imperial College London. Sue Wilson has been studying sleep for about 20 years, and has published on drug effects on sleep in depression, anxiety, substance abuse and sleep disorders such as insomnia and parasomnias. She has also used sleep to track pharmacodynamic effects of new drugs in healthy volunteers. She participates in a sleep and psychiatry clinic at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, assessing sleep in patients with insomnia, parasomnias and other sleep disorders. She recently coordinated the BAP consensus group on treatment of sleep disorders.


Sleep disorders are common in the general population and in clinical practice, yet are relatively poorly understood by doctors and other health care practitioners. The British Association for Psychopharmacology consensus statement on evidence-based treatment of insomnia, parasomnias and circadian rhythm disorders was designed to address this problem by providing an accessible up-to-date and evidence-based outline of the major issues especially those relating to reliable diagnosis and appropriate treatment. A consensus meeting was held in London in May 2009 with BAP members, representative clinicians with a strong interest in sleep disorders and recognised experts and advocates in the field from UK, mainland Europe and the USA. We limited ourselves to discussion of sleep problems that are not regarded as being secondary to respiratory problems, and did not consider certain neuropsychiatric disorders for which recent sets of guidelines already exist, such as narcolepsy and restless legs. Thus the main scope of this document is to cover insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders and the more common parasomnias which are likely to present to psychiatrists or primary care physicians.

The main recommendations of the consensus document will be presented.

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