n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Sleep disorders - a doctor's nightmare : main topic

Volume 21, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Sleep disorders can present with insomnia, poor quality of sleep or excessive daytime sleepiness. One-third of the population suffers from sleep disorders at some time in their life. An attempt should be made to diagnose and treat or relieve underlying causes of insomnia. Symptomatic treatment is warranted if underlying causes do not respond to treatment sufficiently. Symptomatic treatment should be time limited and preferably given intermittently. Non-pharmacological measures should be regarded as part of first-line management. Patients with treatment-resistant and longterm insomnia of unidentified cause should be referred.

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